Lightford announces library grants to local school districts

library 011520SPRINGFIELD – Ten local school districts will receive more than $16,000 in grants through the Illinois secretary of state’s School Library Grant program, Senate Majority Leader Kimberly A. Lightford (D-Maywood) announced today.

The grants, which are issued by the Illinois State Library, are meant to help public schools offer more library books and materials to students.

“I am delighted that many deserving schools will benefit from this years’ library grants,” said Lightford. “Having access to new library books and additional educational materials encourages students to experience the joy of reading and learning exciting information.”

Schools receiving school library grants include:

  • Bellwood School District 88 — $1,656.75
  • Berkeley School District 87 — $1,797
  • Proviso Township High School District 209 — $3,254.25
  • Forest Park School District 91 — $750
  • Hillside School District 93 — $750
  • Lyons Township High School District 204 — $3,038.25
  • LaGrange School District 102 — $2,209.50
  • Komarek District 94 — $750
  • River Forest School District 90 — $1,072.50
  • Westchester School District 92.5 — $815.25

Majority Leader Lightford condemns possible rape cover-up

lightford 201519SPRINGFIELD -- Outraged by allegations brought forth by a recent WBEZ story about the possible cover up of a rape detailed in a state government email exchange, Senate Majority Leader Kimberly A. Lightford urged that appropriate authorities, including the Champaign County State’s Attorney, the Illinois State Police, and the Illinois Executive Inspector General, take immediate steps to investigate this report.

The WBEZ story referenced a 2012 email to officials in then-Gov. Pat Quinn’s administration sent by lobbyist Michael McClain that among other things makes mention of a state employee who kept quiet about “the rape in Champaign”, asking that the administration keep that individual employed by the state.

Majority Leader Lightford issued the following statement regarding this incident:

Lightford reminds businesses of minimum wage tax credit

min wg tx cred 010620SPRINGFIELD – Senate Majority Leader Kimberly A. Lightford (D-Maywood) reminds small businesses to take advantage of the minimum wage credit starting this year. The new tax credit is intended to help small businesses over the next six years as a part of the state’s minimum wage increase plan.

“Keeping small businesses competitive is a priority when increasing the minimum wage,” Lightford said. “I encourage businesses to take full advantage of this tax credit to ease their transition.”

Businesses and nonprofits with 50 full-time employees or less are eligible to offset a portion of the minimum wage increase cost from their withholding income taxes. Eligible businesses can claim this credit by filing Form IL-941, Illinois withholding income tax return, and a new schedule.

Lightford leads discussion on new cannabis law

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BROADVIEW – Senate Majority Leader Kimberly A. Lightford (D-Maywood) led a discussion at a town hall hosted by Broadview Mayor Katrina Thompson on the implementation of the new Illinois cannabis law that goes into effect on Jan. 1.


The town hall covered the legislative, business and law enforcement perspectives of legalizing cannabis and gave residents a chance to have their questions answered.

“Mayor Thompson and I wanted to bring information on the new cannabis law to make sure our local communities understand how they can get involved in the new industry, and if they choose to, how to use cannabis within the restrictions in the law,” Lightford said.

Deputy Governor Christian Mitchell gave an overview of the law and what the legislative goals were as it was drafted. Kevin Slaughter with Viola, a minority-owned cannabis business, discussed some of the different ways people can get involved in the industry. Clint Brown with the United Food and Commercial Workers talked about workers’ rights and how unions can play a role in protecting cannabis industry workers.

Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx spoke regarding the expungement process included in the new law and how her office will implement it. Illinois State Police Acting Master Sergeant John Yard talked about the importance of combating illegal cannabis businesses. Broadview Chief Kevin Eugling addressed the changes in the approach to policing cannabis and what restrictions those who use cannabis need to follow.

To watch the video from the town hall visit:

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; Oversight Medicaid Mang. Care, Spec; Supplier Diversity, Special Com. On; Subcommittee on Gov. Operations (Sub-Chairperson); Subcommittee on Charter Schools (Sub-Chairperson).

Biography: B.A. in Communications, Western Illinois University; M.A. in Public Administration, University of Illinois Springfield; former Village of Maywood trustee; former employee at 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 family.

Associated Representatives:
La Shawn K. Ford
Emanuel Chris Welch