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Clayborne named keynote speaker at Uganda National Prayer Breakfast

clayborne 052318BELLEVILLE – Sen. James F. Clayborne, Jr. (D-Belleville) will be the keynote speaker at the Uganda National Prayer Breakfast on Oct. 8.

“I am honored to be given the distinct privilege of speaking before the people of Uganda at their National Prayer Breakfast,” said Clayborne. “I look forward to discussing the importance of hard work, which is the foundation of everything I’ve accomplished during my career.”

The event is attended by 1,500 guests, and the theme this year is, “All hard work brings profit, but mere talk leads to poverty.” (Proverbs 14:23).

The breakfast will be attended by high-ranking Ugandan officials, including President Yoweri Museveni​, and involves a series of meetings, including the Women’s Forum, Business Men’s Meeting and a Youth Leadership meeting.

“This will also be a great opportunity to discuss ways to expand relations between our two countries,” said Clayborne. “As always, I will take pride in representing the great state of Illinois and the people of the 57th Senate District.”

The Uganda National Prayer Breakfast is organized by the president and the Ugandan Parliament each year.

New Clayborne law expands reach of Adult Redeploy

clayborne 041118SPRINGFIELD—A program designed to provide an alternative to prison can now expand its reach because of legislation sponsored by State Senator James F. Clayborne (D-Belleville).

Adult Redeploy Illinois is a program that aims to reduce recidivism through local services like counseling, substance abuse treatment and job services. Currently, it is only offered to people charged with probation-eligible offenses who are considered “non-violent.”

The legislation will allow Adult Redeploy services to be expanded to all offenders.

“We’ve seen how beneficial this program is for both offenders and the state as a whole,” said Clayborne. “Now even more people can be given a chance to turn their lives around and fewer taxpayer dollars may be spent on our prison system.”

The leaders of local Adult Redeploy programs felt some violent offenders could benefit from their services. They wanted to decide whether to accept a violent offender or not at their own discretion.

“The goal is to help high-risk individuals receive the most appropriate services to end the cycle of recidivism. This is a crucial step toward accomplishing that,” said Clayborne.

Senate Bill 3388 takes effect on Jan. 1, 2019.

Clayborne's Wolf Branch Middle School legislation signed into law

clayborne 041118SPRINGFIELD – Legislation ensuring funds are available to rebuild the damaged Wolf Branch Middle School building was recently signed into law.

State Senator James F. Clayborne, Jr.’s House Bill 1265 allows the school district to exceed its statutory debt limit to secure funds for emergency repairs necessitated because the building sunk 25 inches last year after the collapse of an abandoned mine below it.

“It is an unfortunate reality that many buildings in downstate Illinois are on property sitting on abandoned mines,” Clayborne (D-Belleville) said. “By passing this measure, Wolf Branch can invest in a new school and focus on the future.”

As a result of the damage, the middle school has been deemed unsafe and all 372 middle school students have been moved to the district’s elementary school building, resulting in significant overcrowding. All of Wolf Branch School District 113’s 797 students are now schooled in one facility.

The Illinois Department of Natural Resources has taken steps to use federal funds to prevent the mine from further collapse and the district is pursuing other grant money to rebuild its facilities, but the raising of the debt limit is unavoidable considering the circumstances.

HB 1265 takes effect immediately. 

Clayborne passes measure to help rebuild damaged Wolf Branch Middle School

clayborne 052318SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Senate passed legislation yesterday ensuring funds are available to rebuild the damaged Wolf Branch Middle School building.

State Senator James F Clayborne, Jr.’s House Bill 1265 allows the school district to exceed its statutory debt limit to secure funds for emergency repairs necessitated because the building sunk 25 inches last year after the collapse of an abandoned mine below it.

“It is an unfortunate reality that many buildings in downstate Illinois are on property sitting on abandoned mines,” Clayborne (D-Belleville) said. “By passing this measure, Wolf Branch can invest in a new school and focus on the future.”

As a result of the damage, the middle school has been deemed unsafe and all 372 middle school students have been moved to the district’s elementary school building, resulting in significant overcrowding. All of Wolf Branch School District 113’s 797 students are now schooled in one facility.

The Illinois Department of Natural Resources has taken steps to use federal funds to prevent the mine from further collapse and the district is pursuing other grant money to rebuild its facilities, but the raising of the debt limit is unavoidable considering the circumstances.

HB 1265 is currently waiting to be sent to the governor. 

Sen. Clayborne

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57th District
Senate Majority Leader

Years served:
1995 - Present

Committee assignments: Assignments (Chairperson); Committee of the Whole; Energy and Public Utilities; Executive (Vice-Chairperson); Insurance; Subcommittee on Gov. Operations (Sub-Chairperson); Sub. on Auto Insurance Rates; State & Pension Fund Invest, Spec.; Supplier Diversity, Special Com. On.

Biography: Attorney; born Dec. 29, 1963, in St. Louis; B.S., political science, Tennessee State University; J.D., University of Miami; partner with his firm Clayborne, Sabo and Wagner; (Belleville); former St. Clair County Assistant State's Attorney; has four sons.