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Lightford: Illinois workers are one step closer to a raise as House approves minimum wage increase

lightford 201519SPRINGFIELD – Minimum-wage earners statewide could soon see a pay increase under a proposal approved by the House on Thursday that raises the minimum wage to $15 by January 2025. Majority Leader Kimberly A. Lightford (D-Maywood) negotiated the measure that would give hardworking families a much-needed raise.

“We’re one step closer to bringing stability to a population that was neglected during the previous administration,” Lightford said. “As basic needs become increasingly more expensive, we have a responsibility to ensure working people are being compensated for being the force that keeps business moving.”

Black Caucus: Officers’ acquittal perpetuates systemic injustice

blackcaucus 051718CHICAGO — Illinois Legislative Black Caucus Chairman Kimberly A. Lightford (D-Maywood) released the following statement regarding the acquittal of three Chicago police officers, David March, Thomas Gaffney and Joseph Walsh, charged with covering up for a fellow officer, Jason Van Dyke, who shot and killed Laquan McDonald:

“Today’s decision is not only a slap in the face to Mr. McDonald’s family, but it negatively impacts the black community as a whole because it perpetuates a system that allows a code of silence to continue among police.

Lightford: Gun dealer certification law brings hope for gun reform

lightford 082018CHICAGO- A proposal that regulates gun dealers in an effort to limit the illegal sale of firearms and make more information on gun crimes available to the public became law today.

Senate Bill 337 was approved in the aftermath of the shooting at Parkland High School in Florida and in response to the senseless loss of lives throughout Illinois. Senate Majority Leader Kimberly A. Lightford (D-Maywood) released the following statement on the signing of the new law:

“For years, we have seen tragedy after tragedy throughout Illinois and across the country, and this is a victory for those who decided that our communities deserve better. This law brings us step closer to keeping guns out of the wrong hands, and brings some comfort to those who have lost a loved one.

“Governor Pritzker’s support for this legislation brings hope that we will be able to work on more commonsense gun measures moving forward.” 

New law by Lightford fights for employee diversity, combats pay disparity in state contractors

lightford 011519 2On Tuesday, Gov. Pritzker signed Majority Leader Kimberly Lightford’s bill, Senate Bill 203, the first legislation to receive his signature as governor. The new law protects worker wages and promotes diversity in employment by state contractors. Additionally, it requires the disclosure of data on employee demographics and pay among businesses which contract with the State of Illinois.

Sen. Lightford

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Senate Majority Leader
4th District


Years served: 1998 - Present (Senate) 

Committee assignments: Assignments (Chairperson); Education; Energy and Public Utilities; Executive Appointments; Executive; Higher Education; Labor.

Biography: Full-time senator; B.A. in communications, Western Illinois University; M.A. in public administration, University of Illinois Springfield; village of Maywood trustee; employee for Secretary of State, Department of Corrections and Central Management Services; longtime champion in the Senate for education, working families and women's issues; lives in Maywood with her son, Isaiah.

Associated Representatives:
La Shawn K. Ford
Emanuel Chris Welch