SPRINGFIELD - Wednesday, Democrat State Rep. Linda Chapa LaVia made some inflammatory remarks during floor discussion on charter schools when she referenced the racial composition of the Democrat majority versus the Republican minority in the Illinois House.
"Listen to me minorities, I'm over here on this side, we're all over here [Democrat side], right?" she said. Then pointing to the Republicans, and presumably referencing Republican State Rep. John Anthony (an African-American), said "We have a half, we have a half" [minority] on that side.
State Rep. Dennis Reboletti took exception to Chapa LaVia's comments. (video below)
The Representative apologized. Her legislation lost by one vote.