I had the opportunity to speak with Cory Thames on his podcast,” In My Own Words,” at CAN TV and share my life experiences and struggles I have faced. I am grateful to have shared these experiences that shaped my political journey and inspired the legislation I have worked on tirelessly to this day.

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Leader Lightford - Blueprint for Transformation

Last week I joined Governor JB Pritzker to discuss a Blueprint for Transformation for providing state-of-the-art and best-practice treatment in behavioral health care for Illinois Children.

Investment in our state’s youth through a holistic, whole-child approach provides them with the key resources and support they need to succeed. We are taking a positive step toward ensuring families of children who struggle with severe behavior health needs are uplifted and have access to the high-quality care they deserve.

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Sen. Majority Leader Kimberly A. Lightford

SPRINGFIELD – Thanks to Senate Majority Leader Kimberly A. Lightford, Feb. 28 will now be declared as Black Women’s History Day in Illinois.

“Black women have a rich and impactful history in Illinois,” said Lightford (D-Maywood). “We should honor those who shaped and molded U.S. history in innumerable and irrefutable ways.”

Feb. 28 intentionally connects the nationally recognized months of February with Black History Month and March with Women's History Month, uplifting the unique intersectionality of race and gender of being both Black and women. Lightford led Senate Resolution 37 to enshrine the day as Black Women’s History Month in Illinois.

“It’s important to recognize the Black women that have risen above their circumstances in the face of adversity, not just to survive but also excel in every community across the state,” said Lightford. “My hope is that every Illinoisan will take the initiative to learn more about the wonderful Black women that have made history in the past, present and looking forward to the future.”

Senate Resolution 37 passed on Wednesday.

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021523SC0729CHICAGO – Thanks to the support of Senate Majority Leader Kimberly A. Lightford, two organizations received more than $700,000 to expand their programming as part of the $13 million Illinois Works Pre-apprenticeship program.

“Illinois Works is a program that gives residents new opportunities to learn skills they would not have had access to before, and helps eliminate the barriers women and people of color often face in the job hunt,” said Lightford (D-Maywood). “I look forward to seeing programs across the state receive funds to increase their outreach and ability to educate those who are often forgotten.”

Chicago Women in Trades has been awarded $500,352.44 to assist with expanding and broadening access to its pre-apprenticeship programs. Chicago Women in Trades has supported women in the area for over 40 years, and advocates for and trains women in new careers to foster change within industries. Lumity – a STEM nonprofit organization in Lightford’s district that fosters education for under-resourced students – received $200,000 as part of the program.

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