The State of Latino Chicago, This Is Home Now
Metropolitan Chicago is undergoing a profound transformation from a region dominated politically and demographically by European Americans to one in which no single racial or ethnic group will be the majority. Long a preeminent center of manufacturing and trade, Chicago is known as the city that works. In The State of Latino Chicago, we examine the status of the region’s fastest growing and, arguably, hardest working population. In this first edition of what will be a series of regular reports we present an overview of the contributions of Latinos to the region’s economic vitality. We examine both the assets and contributions that Latinos bring to economic and civic life and the problems and challenges that must be addressed if Latino Chicagoans are to realize their full potential. As will be argued in these pages, the future prosperity and well-being of the entire region depend on the well-being of each of its communities. Despite the recent arrival of many, the Latino presence in Chicago is well established. Latinos are here to stay; they now are the largest racial or ethnic minority group in the region. From this we draw the report’s subtitle: This Is Home Now.
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