A group of minority elected officials is rounding up support for a political engine in our region. It's called the Northwestern Illinois Political Black Caucus.
The caucus is made up of appointed and elected African-American and Hispanic leaders in Rockford. They're trying to expand to other neighboring counties. With more and more members the group hopes their vote will be essential for political victories.
"If we come together as a region the minority community becomes a block. There's nobody that can get elected without our votes," says George Anne Duckett, a Winnebago County board member.
To gain that influence, the black caucus will have to increase voter turnout. Minorities tend to head to the polls less than Caucasians.