Lightfoot administration should have more LatinX appointees, Ald. Villegas says

Chicago Alderman Gilbert Villegas
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(WBBM NEWSRADIO) — The head of the Chicago City Council’s Latino Caucus is applauding Mayor Lightfoot’s most recent appointments to top city jobs — with reservations.

Ald. Gilbert Villegas, 36th Ward, said there are still far too few Latinos in administration leadership roles.

Still, he said he appreciates that Lightfoot named a Chief Procurement Officer and a new CEO of the Chicago Public Schools who are Latinos, during Hispanic Heritage Month.

Villegas notes he is Hispanic 365 days of the year.

“We’re a little bit past the halfway point of this administration, and to have three commissioners out of 30 is a problem,” he said, noting Chicago population data shows Latinos comprise about one third of the city.

Villegas said he is asking for a plan for parity.

Villegas is the guest on “At Issue,” which airs 9:30 p.m. Sunday.