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Asian-Americans to get help with employment

CHICAGO – Gov. Pat Quinn has signed a new law that will create an employment council to help Asian-Americans find state government jobs.

Quinn approved legislation Friday that creates the Asian-American Employment Plan Advisory Council. He was joined by leaders and representatives from the Coalition for a Better Chinese American Community and the Asian American Policy Network. The governor said the new council will make sure Asian-Americans “have access to opportunities.”

Asian-Americans make up about 5 percent of the Illinois population. They represent about 2.5 percent of state employees.

The council will have 11 unpaid members appointed by the governor.

The bill signing ceremony was in Chicago’s Chinatown.

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