Lightford052418SPRINGFIELD – More than half a century since the Civil Rights Act became law, workers in the United States continue to earn different wages based on their race.

Assistant Majority Leader Kimberly A. Lightford (D-Maywood) is fighting for legislation that would prohibit wage discrimination against African-Americans under the Equal Pay Act.

“It is unacceptable that African-Americans are being denied wages they rightfully deserve,” Lightford said. “My hope is that this legislation will provide the tools needed to close the wage gap.”

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Thursday, members of the Illinois Legislative Black Caucus held a press conference to highlight how the percent of state business going to minority contractors has fallen significantly under Gov. Bruce Rauner.

Assistant Majority Leader Kimberly A. Lightford (D-Maywood), who also chairs the joint Illinois Legislative Black Caucus, said: “For Rauner to act like he’s been a champion for our community after the last three years is appalling. Bruce Rauner talks about improving opportunities for minority-owned businesses, but the numbers tell a different story. Under Bruce Rauner’s administration, minority contracting requirements have been waived and the percent of state business going to minority businesses has actually plummeted.”

Records show that in January 2015, Gov. Rauner announced an executive order studying barriers in contracting for minority businesses. Then, in November 2015, the Rauner administration secretly waived minority participation requirements for a $94 million state contract.

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2018 Cancer Survivor Day CelebrationThe River Forest Cancer Center invites cancer survivors to be their guest at a free celebratory luncheon at the Riverside Country Club on Sunday, June 3rd from noon to 2 pm.  The River Forest Medical Campus offers patients excellent oncology services. Join them in celebrating our leadership in battling cancer.
 
You do not have to be a River Forest Medical Center patient to attend the luncheon – all cancer survivors are welcome.

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ASN ITSOURTIME ImgIt’s Our Time! Is a youth-driven expo designed to provide resources to inspire and encourage young adults to make self-confident and positive decisions about their futures and to find their voice in Chicago’s local communities, as well as the greater global community. The benefits of this event are invaluable and can last a lifetime for the youth participants.

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