DeLuca squires heritage month bill through House

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Upholding his longtime commitment to recognizing the contributions of Italian Americans, State Rep. Anthony DeLuca worked in collaboration with the Joint Civic Committee of Italian Americans to pass a bipartisan plan to mark every October in Illinois as Italian American Heritage Month.

“From exploration to scientific discoveries to entertainment and culture, Italian Americans are significant and prevalent contributors to this country’s history,” DeLuca said. “It’s fitting that we take a moment as a state to recognize the strong, positive impact our Italian-American communities have had locally and to appreciate the beauty and influence this culture continues to have.”

“The Italian American community is thrilled, as it has been striving to attain this designation for a long time,” JCCIA President Ron Onesti said. “Thanks to the undaunted leadership of Rep. Anthony DeLuca, the contributions made by Italians to this great country will be properly recognized in the state of Illinois.”

House Bill 1199 was passed in June and at press time was awaiting a signature from Governor Pritzker.

“We can’t forget the struggles, stereotypes, political attacks and discrimination that too many Italian Americans have faced,” DeLuca said. “We can also celebrate the perseverance and success stories that have made us a foundational part of this country. I am proud to call myself an Italian American, and I look forward to the governor signing this appropriate recognition.”


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