Arturo Velasquez, 1915-2009: Educational, political leader in Chicago's Hispanic community

Arturo Velasquez, a Mexican immigrant who started a successful jukebox business with a single machine in his mother's taco shop, was an educational and political leader in the Hispanic community who helped many newcomers get a foothold in Chicago.

Mr. Velasquez, 93, died of natural causes Friday, April 17, in his Palos Hills home, said his son Arthur.

In 1975, Mr. Velasquez became the first Mexican-American on the City Colleges of Chicago board of trustees. He remained on the board for more than 10 years and also was director and president of the City Colleges of Chicago Foundation, which raises money for scholarships for Latino students.

The Arturo Velasquez West Side Technical Institute, part of the City Colleges system, was named in his honor in 2007. READ FULL STORY

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