Lawmakers Say Budget Impasse Hurting Black Population

Lawmakers from the Illinois Legislative Black Caucus say the state’s budget stalemate is having a big impact on the black population as youths miss out on financial aid for colleges and after-school programs.

The group called at a Monday news conference for an end to the standoff between Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner and Democratic leaders so those programs can continue. Black legislative leaders say they’ve prepared a report to be released later highlighting specific areas that need funding.

Illinois has been operating without a spending plan since July 1, with Democrats who control the Legislature and Rauner disagreeing over how to proceed.

Democrats want a tax increase and spending cuts to address a multibillion-dollar deficit. Rauner wants changes in laws to make business operations cheaper and to curb union power


At Rainbow PUSH talking about the need to fight for transportation investments that connect our communities

The State needs to invest in transportation and transit projects to connect the Chicago Southland region to downtown Chicago.


Representative Riley speaking before Rainbow PUSH about the need to fight for transportation investments that connect Chicago, Will County and Kankakee County. He calls to action the need to call the CTA to make the Red Line Extension a priority. In 2011, the Mayor of Chicago ran on the promise that he would make the Red Line Extension a priority. Call Metra about the need to make the South East Service Line a priority. It has been the planning stages for nearly 15 years.

And especially call the Governor to make the Illiana Expressway and the South Suburban Airport a priority. These two projects are laws of the land in Illinois. Through a public private partnership these two projects can bring thousands of jobs to our region and stimulate the economy.

Representative Riley’s Speech at the Southland Friends of Labor Annual Breakfast Event

Southland Friends of Labor Speech from Al Riley on Vimeo.



Speaking at the Annual Southland Friends of Labor Breakfast Event about growing up in the 50’s and 60’s and union’s involvement in the Civil Right’s Movement.  There is also some comments about the need to train for future highway and manufacturing jobs in Illinois along with some discussion about the Illiana Expressway, a 50 mile trucking corridor from Lowell, Indiana to Interstate 55 in Will County first proposed in the Daniel Burnham plan of 1909.

Special thanks to Tony Garcia, Illinois Legislative Director from UAW Region 4 for providing photos of Walter Reuther, Martin Luther King, Jr. and Ceasar Chavez.

Springfield Press Conference

Representative Riley held a press conference in Springfield to discuss the Carpenter Street Underpass project and an archeological find of national historical significance.

The archeological find includes seven home foundations.  Five of the seven homes were burned down during the 1908 Race Riots.  The 1908 Race Riots spearheaded the development of the NAACP.

This video was recorded at the Springfield State Capitol Building in the Blue Room on Thursday, March 19, 2015. Legislators in attendance include State Senator Jacqueline Collins, State Representatives: Jehan Gordon-Booth, Esther Golar, Eddie Lee Jackson Sr., Camille Lilly, Rita Mayfield and Arthur Jackson, Jr.