A article in the Chicago Sun-Times about the conflict between Latino and black workers at a Chicago food factory took me back to the 1970’s recession during Governor Dan Walker’s single term in office .
I was a freshman legislator.
There were so many people out of work that unemployment checks were not being processed in a timely fashion.
There were over 40 complaints on my desk about late payments, I believe.
I called the agency director and suggested that rather that waiting for the paperwork to be squeezed through the bureaucracy that the checks should just be sent out.
She followed my advice.
Another memory from that time was a call from an unemployed McHenry man who was refused a job at Clauson Pickle in Woodstock because he did not speak Spanish.
Simply outrageous, but how to prove it was the problem we could not solve.