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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.

“I applaud the governor’s action today in signing this legislation and taking a real step forward in the fight for pay equity in Illinois,” Lightford said. “A culture of secrecy around wages has been to the detriment of women and people of color, who remain underpaid for the same work in comparison with their peers. It’s time to demand straight answers on what we’re worth.”

Sen. Lightford

Majority Leader Kimberly A. Lightford

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