SPRINGFIELD – In response to the governor’s budget address, Assistant Majority Leader Kimberly A. Lightford (D – Maywood) released the following statement focusing on the need for an equitable education funding formula.

“Funding our schools without reforming our unfair education system does more harm than good. No matter how much wealth you have, throwing money at a problem is not going to solve it without understanding the real issues at hand. Our decades-old funding formula has not done anything to meet the needs of today’s students. It has only led to the most regressive funding system in the nation.

“We cannot wait any longer to give Illinois children the education they need to compete in this ever-changing world, and given his words today, I reserve hope that the governor is beginning to understand this. But, resources are scarce in many schools, disproportionately affecting minority students in Chicago and across the state. Schools are choosing between keeping students warm and paying for up-to-date textbooks. We need fundamental changes now that will address these issues in real ways.

“No one is talking about a budget that takes away from one student and gives to another. We are talking about lifting up a struggling student in a struggling school and providing her at least the same chance as anyone else to achieve her dreams.”

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Senator Lightford, Illinois Legislative Black Caucus Chair, speaks outside of the House chambers on behalf of the ILBC in response to the governor's budget address

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The Illinois General Assembly celebrated Tech Day at the capitol earlier this May! Senator Lightford welcomed student representatives from Lindop Elementary School and J. Sterling Morton West High School, as these exemplary scholars presented their innovative tech projects at the Capitol. The studetns and their projects were truly modern marvels!

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Senator Lightford and the 4th District Gentleman's Committee hosted their third "Mammograms for Mother's Day" on Saturday, May 11. Senator Lightford is committed to decreasing breast cancer deaths by encouraging early detection.

Nurses from Loyola University Medical Center and Loretto Hospital, along with Lightford's 4th District Gentlemen's Committee, visited beauty salons day before Mother's Day.

The Gentlemen's Committee and nurse educators talked about the importance of breast exams and mammograms and distributed over 300 bags of educational materials and small gifts such as keychains and back massagers.



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SPRINGFIELD, IL – Today, the Illinois Senate Redistricting Committee released a redistricting proposal for public review. State Senator Kimberly A. Lightford (D–Maywood) – who serves as a member of the committee – responded to today’s release by encouraging the public to view the proposal at www.ilSenateRedistricting.com or www.IllinoisSenateDemocrats.com. 

"The Senate has placed a high priority on involving Illinois citizens throughout the redistricting process by holding numerous hearings all over the state,” Senator Lightford said. “The information released today is easily accessible to citizens, and I would encourage anyone who is interested to review the proposal.”

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Senate Majority Leader Kimberly A. Lightford

Born May 10, 1968, in Chicago; B.A., public communications & human relations, Western Illinois University; Master's in public administration, University of Illinois at Springfield. Village of Maywood Trustee 1997-2003; State Government Employee - IL Secretary of State, IL Department of Corrections, IL Central Management Services. Resides in Maywood with her family.


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