Assistant Majority Leader Kimberly A. Lightford (D-Maywood) continues to highlight Black activism and liberation organizations this Black History Month.

One of the reasons for the establishment of the Black Panther Party was to defend Black communities from police brutality, something modern day activists continue to fight against.

Fred Hampton, the chairman of the Illinois chapter of the Black Panther Party, was from Maywood, Senator Lightford’s home town. He brokered a nonaggression pact between Chicago’s most powerful street gangs to make communities safer.

The Black Panther Party established a free breakfast program and looked after the needs of Black communities at that time.

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Lightford021618SPRINGFIELD – Illinois legislators, representatives from the Illinois Department of Public Health and health advocates gathered in the rotunda of the Statehouse today to spread awareness of the American Heart Association’s Go Red For Women campaign, and to encourage Illinois women to learn their risk factors of heart disease and stroke.

Go Red For Women began in 2004 with the mission of educating women on their risk factors of heart disease and empowering them to take control of their heart health. More than one in three women are living with some form of cardiovascular disease; it remains the number one killer of women.

“As women, we know how hard it can be when everything else seems to come before our own welfare. We Go Red For Women to remind all women that the roles we play in our families, our communities and our relationships are too important not to invest in our own well-being,” said Assistant Majority Leader Kimberly A. Lightford (D-Maywood).

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SPRINGFIELD – In response to the governor’s State of the State address, Assistant Majority Leader Kimberly A. Lightford (D-Maywood) released the following statement.

“The governor’s speech today was disingenuous. His pension cost shift offsets the investment in education he says he’s making, which would put districts who cannot afford the cost shift further away from adequate funding. That does not increase the quality of education for our children.

Furthermore, the cuts in social services show that he cannot fully fund our new education formula and he needs to come up with real solutions. We cannot keep letting our most vulnerable populations take the hit for his lack of governing.”

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Lightford021418Assistant Majority Leader Kimberly A. Lightford (D-Maywood) joined Representative Christian Mitchell (D-Chicago), the Heartland Alliance and consumer protection organizations in introducing legislation to protect Illinoisans from predatory lending rates that have trapped thousands in debt.

"With interest rates as high as 300 percent, car title loans are disastrous for families across this state," said Lightford. "It is beyond time that we ensure that car title lending is safe and affordable. I look forward to working with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to advance the Fair Lending Act, which brings much-needed relief for consumers."

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