SPRINGFIELD — A Democratic lawmaker from Aurora apologized again today for racial remarks she made on the Illinois House floor during a charged discussion of a bill to regulate charter schools.
During debate Wednesday, Rep. Linda Chapa LaVia turned to face her Democratic colleagues and pleaded: “Listen to me, minorities. I’m over here because we’re all over on this side, right?”
Republicans, who took the remark to mean Chapa LaVia was saying there are no minority GOP House members, shouted in disapproval. Chapa LaVia responded: “We have a half. We have a half.”