Emergence of Latino Americanos on the United States Political Stage

Author: Anthony A. Sisneros
This work analyzes the development of Latino empowerment in Illinois. Recent events give due cause to be impressed with Latino Americanos: first, the fact that in 2003, Latinos became the United States’ largest minority; second, three Latino U.S. Senators, first-time Latino Attorney General and Secretary of Commerce, and female Mexican-born defeats incumbent native-born Hispanic and MPA graduate for a House seat in the Illinois State General Assembly are all historic events for the Latino community in America. This book is timely, considering significant population shifts in the United States which are redefining the minority, plurality, and majority status of Latinos, by utilizing data collected from voter behavior research, narrative inquiry, participant-observation, interviews, content analysis, case study analysis, case law analysis, and examinations of national and state labor force statistical data.


“A recent/current development which future historians will likely cite as one of the greatest watersheds in American history is the rapid growth of the Latino/Hispanic population in the U.S. through the movement of Latinos/Hispanics to the U.S. during the late twentieth century and early twenty-first century. This book considers that movement and its implications for Latinos and American society in general. The author provides insightful background on the Latino population and raises important issues that are highly relevant to the Hispanic population and society.” – Dr. Lon Mackelprang, Professor Emeritus, Department of Public Administration, University of Illinois at Springfield

“In his book, Professor Sisneros offers an exhaustive account of the status of Latinos in Illinois, and the United States more broadly. He provides thorough documentation of this rapidly growing population’s status and impact in public administration, electoral politics, voting behavior in the Illinois legislature and in the United States Congress, through participation in a nonprofit organization, and in relation to recent developments in the Courts.” – Dr. Katherine C. Naff, Associate Professor of Public Administration, San Francisco State University

Table of Contents

1 Profile: Latino Americanos
2 Indicators of Alliance
3 Illinois Association of Hispanic State Employees
4 Fiesta or Funeral: Non-remedial Access into the Critical Mass
Conclusion: Will Mañana Arrive for Latino Americanos?