Lightford042616Children in public preschools are more than three times more likely to be expelled than children in kindergarten through 12th grades, according to a report by Fight Crime: Invest in Kids Illinois. Today, Assistant Majority Leader Kimberly A. Lightford (D-Maywood) joined a group of law enforcement officials and colleagues from both chambers to discuss a proposal that would keep more at-risk preschool students in the classroom.

The proposal, which was approved in the House with significant bipartisan support 95-20, would prohibit the expulsion of children enrolled in early childhood programs receiving grants from the Illinois State Board of Education. The legislation focuses on transitioning children to programs that better fit a child’s needs.

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Lightford040617SPRINGFIELD- The National Association of Social Workers’ Illinois Chapter honored Assistant Majority Leader Kimberly A. Lightford (D-Maywood) with the 2017 NASW IL Social Work Senator of the Year Award. The award was presented in appreciation for her support of the 7,000 NASW IL members and over 20,000 social workers statewide.

Senator Lightford has a record of supporting social workers and the work they do to enhance human well-being and helping meet the basic needs of all people.

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Lightford040517SPRINGFIELD- Districts with high dropout rates could soon receive more funding to help retain students under a proposal led by Assistant Majority Leader Kimberly A. Lightford (D-Maywood) that was approved in the Senate Education Committee yesterday.

“There is a disincentive to re-enroll dropouts based on low attendance rates, and the resources to get students back on track are not available to guarantee their success,” Lightford said.

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2017 GRG Invite FlierThere are more than 274,891 grandparents in Illinois raising their grandchildren. Please nominate a grandparent that has demonstrated unselfish love and dedication to their grandchildren. The nominee will be honored at the 8th Annual Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Award Celebration, “Hollywood Parade of Stars.” The celebration will be held on Sunday May 7, 2017, at the Sheet Metal Workers' Local 73, 4550 W. Roosevelt Road, IL, 60162 from 3:00p.m. to 6:00p.m. All nominations must be received no later than Monday April 17, 2017. Please fax the completed nomination forms to (708) 343-7400 or email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. If there are any questions or concerns, please contact us at (708) 343-7444.

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