black caucus 083120CHICAGO – In an effort to address decades of neglect and disinvestment in Black communities, the Illinois Legislative Black Caucus stands with the movement to improve the quality of Black lives and is crafting a legislative agenda that continues their work to address systemic racism in Illinois.

The COVID-19 pandemic and recent civil unrest have amplified the racial inequities in our community making it undeniable that sweeping reforms are mandatory to combat racism. The plans will be built through four pillars of policy:

  1. Criminal justice reform, violence reduction and police accountability
  2. Education and workforce development
  3. Economic access, equity and opportunity
  4. Health care and human services

Each pillar will have a series of Senate committee hearings starting with criminal justice, violence reduction and police accountability. Tuesday’s Senate hearing will focus on police accountability, including discussions about use of force and law enforcement training.

Who: Illinois Legislative Black Caucus

When: Sept. 1, press conference at 10 a.m., virtual Senate committee hearing at 12 p.m.

Where: The press conference will be held at the Westside Justice Center, 601 S. California Ave., Chicago. The hearing can be watched at https://ilga.gov/senateaudvid.asp at noon. Both will also be on www.blueroomstream.com, a subscription-based service.

 

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Lightford082420SPRINGFIELD—The Illinois Legislative Black Caucus (ILBC) responded to an incident in Kenosha, Wisc. where officers shot Jacob Blake in the back seven times at point blank range. The footage of the Sunday afternoon shooting has been shared widely, and has continued protests against police brutality across the country. Senate Majority Leader and Chair of the ILBC Kimberly A. Lightford (D-Maywood released the following statement:

“Mr. Blake exemplified community by taking the initiative to deescalate a domestic dispute, and somehow he ended up being shot by an officer multiple times. I do not know how to explain that, but I do know that this is not what public safety looks like.

“Learning that Mr. Blake’s children witnessed their father’s shooting is infuriating and deeply heartbreaking. I hate the idea that they now have this horrendous trauma to deal with, and I hope Mr. Blake recovers so they can have their father for years to come. We extend our prayers to Mr. Blake and all of his loved ones as he fights to recover from this tragedy.

“The Illinois Legislative Black Caucus continues to push for an end to police brutality and equity for Black people across our state, and we hope to inspire changes in our neighboring states and across our country.”

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water pipe 3862489 640CHICAGO  To increase awareness of economic development in underserved communities, Senate Majority Leader Kimberly A. Lightford (D-Maywood) announced the Village of Maywood will receive a grant through the Fast-Track Public Infrastructure Capital program. 

I would like to thank Governor Pritzker for consistently prioritizing communities with the most need,” Lightford said. It’s necessary to lead from a perspective that prioritizes underserved areas while also addressing the need for growth beyond the pandemic.”

The Fast Track program was created by the state to provide emergency assistance for businesses and communities facing economic hardship during the COVID-19 public health crisis. Currently, the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity has launched more than $300 million in emergency relief programs, with most of the funding available for businesses. 

The Village of Maywood was awarded $382,375 to replace its water main. The funding for the Fast Track program comes from the Illinois statewide construction plan, known as Rebuild Illinois. Eligible applicants were required to prove projects were located in an undeserved area, had Business Enterprise Program inclusion plans, and could start within 90 days after being awarded. 

To find out other cities that have been awarded the Fast-Track grant, click here.

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Senate Majority Leader Kimberly A. Lightford (D-Maywood) encourages local residents to fill out the 2020 Census by emphasizing the importance of being counted, especially as we face unprecedented issues today. Please visit www.2020census.gov to fill out your census.

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