lightford presenting 4 15On Wednesday night, Senator Lightford stood with her Senate colleagues and, despite the governor's recommendation, voted for Senate Bill 2043, which will uphold MAP grant funding, giving over 125,000 collegiate students and their families the help they need to pay tuition and stay in school.

Senator Lightford voted in favor of other veto overrides, such as Senate Bill 2042 - legislation allowing for the use of federal dollars to fund disaster relief, job training programs, domestic violence victims assistance and more. She also rose in support of Senate Bill 51 - which provides for the continued research and development of renewable energies and expands the YouthBuild program for young low-income young people to learn construction skills.

You can listen to the senators’ comments on the Senate floor on MAP funding and importance of a college education below.

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This summer, Senator Lightford hosted "Uplift Our Future," a back-to-school event held at the Brookfield Zoo in coordination with Meijer. Vendors included Black Star Project, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Clowns Skittles & Munchies, Harmony Health, Illinois State Police, Illinois Treasurer's Office, Loyola Mobile Van, The Answer Inc. and Traci’s House. Over 900 students and parents were in attendance to receive free school supplies and have summer fun with friends, family and the animals.

The first 500 people gained entry to the zoo for free and all attendees enjoyed a free lunch! The Proviso East and Proviso West High School bands performed and a youth community entertainer sang during lunchtime. Check out the photos from the Uplift Our Future back-to-school event below and we hope to see you come out next year!

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More than 643,000 children in Illinois - 1 in 5 - do not know when their next meal is coming. These children are food insecure, and they deserve better. Every child deserves three nutritious meals a day, yet many children are missing meals and spending much of the day hungry. The Rise and Shine campaign was developed on the recommendation of the Illinois Commission to End Hunger and seeks to remedy the problem of child hunger in Illinois. Please take advantage of this opportunity and ensure our children are receiving the nutrition they need to lead healthy, happy, growing lives.

For more information on  how to take advantage of free nutritious summer meals, see the poster below and click here!


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lightford floor 672 billsigningSPRINGFIELD – 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?

A new law, pushed through the General Assembly by Senate Assistant Majority Leader Kimberly Lightford (D – Maywood), will require those questions to be answered in Illinois public high schools. The law will 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.

“Once out of high school, the ‘real world’ presents some daunting, if not scary, challenges,” said Senator Lightford. “It is extremely important to prepare our students for adult life in all its aspects so that they can avoid some of the most common and severe real world difficulties as they graduate from school, begin a career and start their own families.”

According to a leading producer of identity theft statistics, on average, close to 100 million Americans have their personal identifying information placed at risk of theft each year.

And thanks to climbing tuition and inadequate college savings, 40 million Americans now have at least one outstanding student loan, according to new analyses from credit bureau Experian.

The new law, Senate Bill 672, goes in effect on July 1, 2015.

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