We here at the WIRE believe that data is powerful. This month, we’re excited to see a data-rich picture of the Latinx community here in Illinois, painted by the Nathalie P. Voorhees Center for Neighborhood and Community Improvement and the Illinois Latino Family Commission.

The reports released this month are the first in a continuing series called “Making the Case for Change.” In Part 1, “Latino Demographics Profiles” and Part 2, “Legislative District Snapshots,” researchers not only provide the detailed demographic information you expect, but they offer salient observations about the community. For example the first report notes that: “The Latino community is entrepreneurial and Latino business growth has outpaced others almost 3 to 1.”

Keep an eye on the WIRE to hear about further reporting done by this series!