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Table C: Demographic Share of Contract Dollars.


Black Hispanic Asian White Female DBE Non - DBE

1.13% 11.49% 4.34% 3.85% 20.82% 79.18%

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Chicago Plan for 2050

Economic Indicators update

The vital of the national Minority- and

Women-Owned Business Enterprise program

(M/WBE) is designed to promote government

contracting and subcontracting opportunities

for businesses certified as minority- and

women-owned with a real and substantial presence.

However the rate of Black businesses in

the state of Illinois is still low in comparisons

of it population in parity of the state and other

ethnic groups.

The Illinois State Toll Highway authority

Disparity Study reflects earnings from such

businesses, and their access to capital markets

are highly relevant to the determination

whether the market functions properly for all

firms regardless of the race or gender of their


Vincent Gilbert Regional vice President of

the Illinois Black Chamber of Commerce indicated

it has been demonstrated the many kinds

of discriminatory barriers to minority subcontracting

with a strong link between racial disparities

in government's disbursements of public

funds for construction contracts and the

channeling of those funds due to private discrimination.

The Illinois Tollway created the Department

of Diversity and Strategic Development with

the mission to increase access to economic opportunities

for disadvantaged, minority- and

women-owned enterprise firms, as well as small

and veteran-owned businesses and historically

underemployed individuals. The Move Illinois

Program and all aspects of its operations, including

contracting, consulting

and the supply of goods and services

is to remains focused on

promoting, assisting and ensuring

diverse participation said Gilbert.

The first discriminatory barriers

are to the formation of qualified

minority subcontracting enterprises

due to private discrimination,

precluding from the outset

competition for public construction

contracts by minority enterprises.

Despite the contentions of plaintiffs

that possibly dozens of factors

might influence the ability of any

individual to succeed in business,

Vincent Gilbert Regional

vice President

of the Illinois Black

Chamber of Commerce

the courts have rejected such impossible tests

and held that business formation studies are not

flawed because they cannot control for subjective

descriptions such as “quality of education,”

“culture” and “religion.”

For example, in unanimously upholding the

USDOT DBE Program, the courts agree that

disparities between the earnings of minorityowned

firms and similarly situated nonminority-owned

firms and the disparities in

commercial loan denial rates between Black

business owners compared to similarly situated

non-minority business owners are strong evidence

of the continuing effects of discrimination.

The Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals took a “

hard look” at the evidence Congress considered,

and concluded that the legislature had spent

decades compiling evidence of race discrimination

in government highway contracting, of

barriers to the formation of minority-owned

construction businesses, and of barriers to entry.

In rebuttal, [the plaintiffs] presented evidence

that the data were susceptible to multiple interpretations,

but they failed to present affirmative

evidence that no remedial action was necessary

because minority-owned small businesses enjoy

non-discriminatory access to and participation

in highway contracts. Thus, they failed to meet

their ultimate burden to prove that the DBE

program is unconstitutional on this ground.

The study was undertaken as part of a continuing

effort by the Tollway to ensure equal

opportunities in all aspects of its Move Illinois

capital program, including contracting and consulting.

Technical Assistance Program

Chicago Minority Supplier Development


•GMA Construction Group

•HACIA Scholarship And Education


•Illinois Hispanic Chamber Of Commerce

•Illinois Black Chamber

Of Commerce

Inner ‐ City Underwriting Agency

•Prairie State College

Diversity Program Statistics 2017 first quarter

DBE payments were $25.6 million

• 33.5 percent of all payments to construction

and professional services firms

• 41.4 percent women

• 26 percent Hispanic

• 18.6 percent African American

• 13.7 percent Asian

$254.1 million paid To DBE firms in


Accounts for 25 percent Of all payments

• 39.7 percent Hispanic ($100.9 million)

• 27.6 percent women (($70.2 million)

• 17.3 percent African American

($43.9 million)

• 14.5 percent Asian ($36.9 million)

DBE payments to African American

firms continue to rise

• The government must establish its

“compelling interest” in remedying race discrimination

by current “strong evidence” of the

persistence of discrimination. Such evidence

may consist of the entity’s “passive participation”

in a system of racial exclusion says Gilbert.

CMAP is developing the

region's next comprehensive

plan, ON TO 2050,

scheduled for adoption in

October 2018. withGO TO

2040, this is a highly transparent

and collaborative

effort involving partners

and stakeholders from

across the seven counties

and 284 communities of

northeastern Illinois. This

page includes information

and links to learn more

about ON TO 2050's development

process through

materials that are complete,

underway, or scheduled.

We recently updated the Innovation

section of the CMAP

Regional Economic Indicators

microsite with 2016 data suggesting

that the Chicago region

has experienced slower growth

in innovation and entrepreneurship compared

to other metropolitan areas, despite

receiving 3,826 U.S. utility patents, securing

$1.1 billion in venture capital, and employing

nearly 550,000 science, technology,

engineering, and math (STEM) workers

over the last year. In related coverage,

Crain's Chicago Business reported that

Lake and Will counties continue to gain

jobs in manufacturing, one of the economic

employment clusters that CMAP monitors.

Des Plaines Comprehensive Plan public


What should Des Plaines look like in 2030?

The City of Des Plaines is working with

CMAP to update its Comprehensive Plan,

the document that will guide development

and land use decisions in the city for years

to come. Share your thoughts at a public

meeting on Wednesday, October 18, from

6:00 to 8:00 p.m., at the Frisbie Senior Center

(52 Northwest Hwy., Des

Plaines).project is supported by CMAP’s

Local Technical Assistance program.n October

2016, CMAP released the Emerging

Priorities for ON TO 2050 report to

identify key regional objectives based

on initial analysis and public engagement

that began with a public launch

earlier that year.

C o n t a c t E n r i q u e C a s t i l l o

(ecastillo@cmap.illinois.gov or 312-386-

8689) with questions.



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