Institute for Latino Studies Sponsored Research and Publications Archive

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The Institute for Latino Studies has sponsored research and scholarship on the role of Latinos in the ongoing transformation of U.S. society overall and of Metropolitan Chicago and Northwest Indiana, in particular. Reports and policy and research briefs are available for download.



Children and Youth

Immigration and Transnationalism

Family and Households



Citizenship and Civic Partnership


Regional Research

Labor and the Economy

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  • Author(s):
    Sung Chun, Roger Knight, Timothy Ready

    Finds more than 50% of Chicago-area Latinos have high community/church involvement and believe in personal agency to have a positive impact on community. Yet there was a recent slight decline in level of community involvement among both U.S.- and foreign-born Latinos.

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    Wei Sun, Sung Chun, Rob Paral, Timothy Ready

    Analyzes 2000 U.S. census data to report on demographic shifts in Metropolitan Chicago since 1990. Findings include Latino population increased by 568,000 to 1.4 million; 2/3 of Latino population growth took place in suburbs; 17.4% of the local population is Latino; Latino population growth kept the population of the city from decreasing; and people of Mexican origin comprise 75 percent of the entire area’s Latino population.

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