The Majority Report 10/16/19 - Lightford brings opioid abuse education to Hillside


Lightford brings opioid abuse education to Hillside

Senate Majority Leader Kimberly A. Lightford

HILLSIDE – To continue efforts in combating the opioid crisis, Senate Majority Leader Kimberly A. Lightford (D-Maywood) partnered with the Rx Abuse Leadership Initiative and the Code 3 Association to bring the RALI CARES educational trailer to Hillside last week.

In 2016, there were 1,947 overdose deaths due to opioids in Illinois, according to the Department of Public Health. From 1999 to 2016, opioid related overdose deaths in the state nearly quadrupled.

“The statistics on overdose deaths are glaring and they call for action against the opioid crisis that is currently affecting every part of our state,” Lightford said. “The RALI CARES trailer is a tool to help parents and guardians identify signs of drug usage, which will help save lives.” Continue reading.



Morrison appointed to child welfare task force

Sen. Julie A. Morrison

SPRINGFIELD – State Senator Julie Morrison (D-Deerfield) has been appointed to the Task Force on Strengthening the Child Welfare Workforce for Family and Children.

Morrison – who chairs the Senate Human Services Committee – looks forward to studying the workload of child welfare employees to determine the recruitment and retention of the workers.

She released the following statement: “Analysing the compensation and workload of child welfare workers will allow the task force to determine the role staff turnover plays in achieving safety and permanency for children,” Morrison said. “I am pleased to continue working to ensure the safety and wellbeing of children in Illinois.”



Senate Democrats celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month

Hispanic Heritage Month

Over the years, the Illinois Senate’s Latino Caucus has grown in size and diversity, mirroring the Latino community in Illinois. The first Latina to be elected to the Illinois State Senate is still serving her community in the General Assembly, and she has been joined by four other Hispanic legislators. They are very excited about the growing influence the Latino community has in the Senate and the state.

There are some senators whose parents immigrated to the U.S. with nothing but an American dream. Experiencing many of the hardships immigrant communities endure, they use their experience to advocate for immigrant communities. Hispanic Heritage Month is important to Illinois’ Democratic Senators, because they take pride in having a state where everyone is welcome. Hispanic culture is a key component of what makes the state of Illinois unique.

Hispanic Heritage Month takes place between September and October. For Latino heritage, this period is very important because many Latino countries celebrate their independence this time of year. It is important to acknowledge and commemorate Hispanic culture around the state of Illinois during this month and throughout the year, because the door was not always opened for Latino people. They have had to push to gain representation. Continue reading and watch our videos.


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