Lightford041519 2SPRINGFIELD – Students who are parents, expectant parents or victims of gender-based violence would have more help staying in school under a proposal led by Senate Majority Leader Kimberly A. Lightford (D-Maywood).

“Stigma and scheduling pressures can make these students more likely to drop out of school, but one of the greatest challenges they face is institutional support. These policy changes will show them that their success is our priority,” Lightford said.

Senate Bill 449 was developed from recommendations made by the Ensuring Success in School Task Force created in 2017 to develop policies for students who are parents, expectant parents or victims of gender-based violence in an effort to combat the growing dropout rate.

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Lightford041519 1SPRINGFIELD – Children could soon be required to start school at age 5 under a proposal spearheaded by Majority Leader Kimberly A. Lightford (D-Maywood).

Senate Bill 2075 lowers the compulsory school age from 6 to 5, and was approved by the Senate on Thursday.

Parents could choose to hold their child back a year if they have a birthday after May 31.

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04112019CW0382a2SPRINGFIELD – More financial assistance could soon be available for college students through a proposal sponsored by Senate Majority Leader Kimberly A. Lightford (D-Maywood).

“So many young people are forced to sign a lifelong debt agreement when they enroll in college, and we want to make degrees more attainable for students throughout our state,” Lightford said. “This program creates options for those seeking a higher education, but do not have the means to pay for it outright.”

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SPRINGFIELD – Senate lawmakers and advocates gathered Thursday to stress the importance of getting a full and accurate count in Illinois during the 2020 Census.

Senate Majority Leader Kimberly A. Lightford, who is sponsoring legislation to appropriate funds for grants to ensure an accurate count, spoke about the impact an undercount could have on minority communities.

"We know that minority communities are in jeopardy of losing out on funding for vital services and representation if they are once again undercounted, and there are a number of challenges in ensuring participation,” Lightford (D-Maywood) said. “My colleagues and I recognize that, and we are preparing by setting aside resources for the 2020 census now.”

Lightford’s measure, Senate Bill 2053, would appropriate $25 million to the Illinois secretary of state for grants to community providers and local governments for the purposes of encouraging full participation in the 2020 census, especially those historically under reported.

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