041513 Holmes Latino Advisory Committee 014rSPRINGFIELD, IL – Illinois State Senator Linda Holmes (D-Aurora) held the first meeting of her newly formed Aurora Latino advisory council today.

“Our goal is for the advisory council to increase communication between leaders in the community and state legislators,” Senator Holmes said.  “I’m hoping to build on existing relationships, by learning more from constituents and pursue policies that will move our community forward.”

The Latino Advisory Council will hold quarterly meetings with local Latino leaders in business, education and public service.

Karina Garcia, executive director of the Aurora Chamber of Commerce, praised Holmes’ outreach to the Latino community, particularly entrepreneurs.

“Linda Holmes has been very proactive about reaching out to the Aurora Chamber,” Garcia said.  “She is fully committed to working with the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce to facilitate communication with our business owners.”

The group’s first meeting took place at Holmes’ newly opened district office in Aurora.