SenLightfordSPRINGFIELD - Assistant Majority Leader Kimberly A. Lightford (D - Maywood) issued the following statement today after news that the governor signed House Bill 40, a measure co-sponsored by Lightford that protects a woman's right to choose in Illinois:

“For decades, women have fought for the right to make their own health care decisions without interference. Today, with the signing of House Bill 40, we are guaranteeing this right to all women, regardless of income or socioeconomic status. Endless dedication of time and energy by thousands of women and men have made this goal a reality in Illinois.”

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DKqdYL9WkAE9NjySPRINGFIELD – Assistant Majority Leader Kimberly A. Lightford (D – Maywood) released the following statement today after news that Governor Rauner vetoed her proposal that would have guaranteed students receive cursive writing instruction in elementary school:

“The governor’s veto threatens the ability of students to learn a fundamental skill that they will need going through life. Practical benefits, including writing a check, developing a motor skill and even interpreting historical documents like our Constitution, all require using and understanding cursive writing.

“Even with advances in technology that have emphasized more typing and less writing, we cannot give up teaching a skill that students will still need in their lives.”

House Bill 2977 passed the Senate in May and was vetoed by the governor on Friday.

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lightford committeeSPRINGFIELD – Most of us would agree that if we could do high school all over again, knowing what we now know about how the world works, some of our academic questions and concerns might focus on more practical subjects – maybe simply inquiring about how to get through day-to-day adult life unscathed.

How do I stay out of debt? What is the best way to pay back mounting student loans? How do I prevent the guy in the apartment next door from stealing my identity?

New legislation, sponsored by Senate Assistant Majority Leader Kimberly Lightford (D – Maywood), would require those questions to be answered in Illinois public high schools. Passing the Senate, the legislation would add identity-theft security, consumer debt and higher education loans to the list of mandatory subjects to be covered in high school financial literacy courses.

“Preparing the next generation for life after school takes more than preparing them for college courses or even a specific career,” said Senator Lightford. “It is just as important to prepare our students for the scarier aspects of adult life. We need to teach the next generation how to prepare for and avoid some of the most common and severe real world difficulties as they graduate from school, begin a career and start their own families.”

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The Illinois Legislative Black Caucus Foundation is accepting applications for the 2015 Undergraduate Scholarship. This application is for students seeking an undergraduate degree. Applicants should be an accepted student at an accredited institution of higher learning to include community colleges, private institutions and certified vocational training programs.
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