Report says Illinois workforce lacks in racial equity

ROCKFORD, Ill. (WTVO) — State business leaders say more needs to be done to improve racial equity in Illinois workforce.

The non-profit Ready Nation released the report on Thursday. The group believes that to get more minorities into the workforce, more money needs to be invested in Illinois children.

According to Ready Nation, only 3 out of 10 Illinois kindergartners were fully prepared for school in 2019.

For Black children, the report found 23% were unprepared for school; among Latino children, 17%.

Among other things, the ReadyNation Illinois report recommends:

“When we start addressing these inequities and finding solutions and bringing everybody back to where we should be, to par, that’s when we’re really going to take off and grow as a country,” said Rudy Valdez, engineering manager at Kaney Aerospace.

Workers of color make up one-third of Illinois’ workforce.