LightfordMinWageRallyAs one of her first official acts in office in the 99th General Assembly, State Senator Kimberly A. Lightford reintroduced her plan to raise Illinois' minimum wage to $11 per hour over the next four years.

On January 1, minimum-wage workers in 20 states received a pay raise. Despite an overwhelmingly successful ballot referendum urging Illinois' legislature to raise the minimum wage, Illinois is not one of those states.

"If you work 40 hours per week – or more – you should be able to put a safe roof over your head and healthy food on your table without any assistance from the government," the Maywood Democrat said.

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LindopSchoolThankYouOver the holiday season, State Senator Kimberly A. Lightford helped organize and support several events to enrich local communities and help those who need an extra hand.

At Thanksgiving, the 4th District Gentlemen and Women Committees served Thanksgiving dinner and dessert to 80 seniors at Bethel New life. The senator and her committees also help fund and operate the Fathers and Family Thanksgiving dinner at George Leland Elementary School. The event provided a holiday meal to 200 local community members.

For the Christmas holiday, Lightford helped provide raffle gifts for the Berwyn Senior 2014 Holiday Breakfast. She also donated more than 200 holiday mugs to the Maywood Senior Club's Annual Christmas Party and toys for 32 children through the Lindop School's Christmas Giving program.

Senator Lightford's 4th District Committees volunteered at the Angel Tree gift giving event for children. Lightford helped cater them meal, decorate the room and provide gifts to the children.

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051514CM1348As we spend time with our friends and family, we have an opportunity to witness living examples of what we are grateful for. Family and friends give us a shoulder to lean on during hard times and another perspective during times of uncertainty. I hope this season serves as a time to reconnect and enjoy fellowship with your loved ones.

Unfortunately, some families won't have a meal and fellowship to enjoy, but we can help. I partnered with Bethel New Life, Fathers Who Care, Maywood Senior Club, Lindop School District, Ferrer Foundation, Berwyn Seniors and the Black Star Project to assist families during the holiday season.

There are several organizations you can make monetary or food donations to that will provide dinner for families throughout our community. Below is a clickable list of those organizations:

United Baptist Church

Proviso Food Pantry

Hillside Food Pantry

Rock of Ages Baptist Church

Oak Park River Forest Food Pantry

Finally, I am especially grateful for your confidence in me to bring needed resources to our community. Helping people has always been my mission, and to have the opportunity to serve you is very fulfilling.

Happy Holidays,


Senator Kimberly A. Lightford

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