State Senator Kimberly A. Lightford's town hall meeting on school discipline was a great success with well over 100 area residents present.

Lightford brought Shawn Brown of Voices of Youth in Chicago Education (VOYCE), Jenine Wehbeh of Illinois Safe Schools Alliance, Olga Pribyl of Equip for Equality, Diane Rutledge of the Large Unit District Association, Karen VanAusdal of Chicago Public Schools, Alison Maley of the Illinois Statewide Management Alliance, Peg Agnos of the Legislative Education Network, and Rebecca Levin of Strengthening Chicago's Youth/ Ann & Robert Lurie Children's Hospital to Proviso Math and Science Academy to answer questions about the changing path of school discipline.

Senator Lightford believes that Illinois schools need to seriously revise their policies on suspending and expelling students, and she's sponsoring legislation to set the process in motion. Her plan, Senate Bill 3004, passed the Education Committee and will be considered by the full Senate.

"Pulling children out of the classroom doesn't help them learn, and too many of them don't even see it as punishment," Lightford said. "Suspension or expulsion should only be used as a last resort and only in cases where students are a danger to others or seriously disrupt the learning process."

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State Senator Kimberly A. Lightford joined Representative LaShawn Ford and hundreds of local supporters to rename a stretch of Cicero Avenue in honor of former South African President Nelson Mandela.

Mandela was the first black president of South Africa to win a fully representative democratic election. He is widely credited with the end of apartheid and was champion for international human rights. Lightford and Ford passed legislation to rename an area of Cicero Road in the Austin neighborhood to memorialize Mandela's legacy. Read the full text of the resolution creating the new road name to learn more about Mandela's life and contributions to the world.


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To register for this meeting or submit a question about Senator Lightford's school discipline legislation, click here.

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LightfordMinWageRallyA plan to ask voters whether or not Illinois should raise the minimum wage will be on the November ballot, thanks to a new law signed by the governor.

"Giving the people an opportunity to voice their opinions should help inform our debate at the state Capitol," said State Senator Kimberly A. Lightford (D-Maywood), the sponsor of the legislation and a strong supporter of raising the minimum wage.

The law puts the following question on the ballot for the Nov. 4 general election:

"Shall the minimum wage in Illinois for adults over the age of 18 be raised to $10 per hour by January 1, 2015?"

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