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The Majority Report 06/15/20 - Days of Action hosted by Black Caucus, a call for peace, and how the state budget preserves vital services

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Joint Caucus of Black elected officials host Days of Action

Joint Caucus of Black Elected OfficialsCHICAGO — The Joint Caucus of Black Elected Officials hosted a series of days of action to spark change in the Chicagoland area. There were a total of four events, one each on the South Side, West Side, South Suburbs and West Suburbs.

Black leaders, governor, lieutenant governor and the Senate president gathered for the West Side Day of Action at Cicero and Monroe on Thursday, June 4.

Majority Leader Kimberly A. Lightford (D-Maywood) said the Black community has never been treated fairly, and that’s about to change.

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Women's Caucus calls for justice and peace as protests continue across Illinois

Sen. Jacqueline Y. CollinsCHICAGO — The women of the Illinois Senate came together to issue a united call for justice and peace. Lawmakers from both parties called on the state to address the issues that have led to the protests and to join together in healing.

“We cannot condone violence in any form,” said State Senator Jacqueline Collins, Deputy Majority Caucus Chair (D-Chicago). “That means that we must have justice for Americans who have been brutalized by the violence of law enforcement. Voices across Illinois join those across the nation in loudly proclaiming that Black lives matter, and that peace cannot come about without justice.”

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State budget provides COVID-19 relief

Illinois CapitolSPRINGFIELD — Following weeks of negotiations carried out under pandemic conditions, the governor signed a budget aimed at fighting COVID-19 and preserving state services in the face of unprecedented revenue shortfalls.

“The budget was extremely difficult to craft in these unprecedented times, but I believe it will provide desperately needed relief to communities as we continue on a path toward recovery,” said State Senator Elgie Sims (D-Chicago), one of the Senate’s budget negotiators.

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Senator Patricia Van Pelt, Chicago: Seniors, already at risk from COVID-19, face problems getting groceries and prescriptions | Chicago Tribune

Senator Steve Stadelman, Rockford: $270 million child care grant program now available | WIFR

 


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