050223KP2301 Lightford


SPRINGFIELD – Senate Majority Leader Kimberly A. Lightford is leading a measure to require all schools in the state to provide an option of full-day kindergarten.

“Kindergarten is pivotal for children’s learning journey,” said Lightford (D-Maywood). “Full-day kindergarten classes across the state will ensure equal access to early learning opportunities for all our families.”

Currently, it is optional for school districts to offer full-day kindergarten. Parents who live in districts without the option of full-day kindergarten are often faced with additional barriers to preparing their children for early elementary school. These barriers include, but are not limited to, mid-day transportation, loss of income due to being home with the child or finding additional childcare, and ensuring developmentally appropriate activities are being provided throughout the day.

Lightford’s measure would provide full-day kindergarten options across all school districts. Full-day kindergarten would be developmentally appropriate and provide opportunities for play-based learning.

Read more ...

Category: News



SPRINGFIELD – As school districts around the state continue struggling to fill teaching positions, Senate Democrats hosted a press conference in Springfield on Thursday announcing a number of legislative measures that would help address the void.

“Teachers have a significant, lifelong impact on their students. The impact involves not just teaching particular academic skills, but fostering life skills, creativity and productivity that leads to positive outcomes for years to come,” said Senate Majority Leader Kimberly A. Lightford (D-Maywood). “Attracting quality educators to our state is vital to our education system and providing our children with the best possible education.”

According to the Illinois Association of Regional Superintendents of Schools, there are more than 5,300 unfilled positions in schools. In an attempt to address the vacancies and increase the substitute teacher pool, State Senator Meg Loughran Cappel introduced a plan – House Bill 3442 – which would allow a substitute teacher who has filled a vacancy left by a licensed teacher in an emergency situation for 90 days or until the end of the semester, whichever is greater, if the school distinct files a written request with the appropriate regional office of education.

“As a former special education teacher, I saw firsthand the impact the teacher shortage had on our students, teachers and staff,” said Loughran Cappel (D-Shorewood). “We have to continue uplifting the education profession and encouraging more people to join it.”

Read more ...

Category: News

KALGroundbreaking042423bBROADVIEW – Sixteen permanent supportive housing units, which will serve individuals and families who are homeless or at risk of homelessness and have a long-term disabling condition, will be created as Housing Forward broke ground on a construction project Monday, April 24, shared Senate Majority Leader Kimberly A. Lightford.

“Housing is the basis of stability for an individual or family. A home should be the center of our social, emotional, and sometimes economic lives — a place to live in peace, security, and dignity,” said Lightford (D-Maywood). “Together, we are bringing housing resources to the area to help our neighbors who are experiencing housing crisis find the stability and security they deserve.”

The residential building will house up to 22 people and includes dedicated units for veterans and youth aging out of the Department of Children and Family Services’ care. Housing Forward has been providing permanent supportive housing since 2006 and today has over 250 site units across the agency’s 26-community service-area footprint. This new building will serve to add to those numbers.

Read more ...

Category: News

Lightford Serious 1


SPRINGFIELD – Recognizing staff shortages in the EMS workforce, Senate Majority Leader Kimberly A. Lightford advanced legislation in the Senate to attract and retain EMS workers.

“The pandemic further exacerbated how vital the EMS professionals are,” said Lightford (D-Maywood). “We need to expand the workforce by prioritizing recruitment and retention of highly-skilled workers.”

Senate Bill 761 works to tackle the emergency medical field workforce shortage head on by allowing more flexibility for EMS directors to use alternative staffing models and creating a task force to bring greater training, recruitment and retention to the field. 

Read more ...

Category: News

Majority Perspective

Follow Sen. Lightford



eNewsletter Signup
  1. First Name(*)
    Invalid Input
  2. Last Name(*)
    Invalid Input
  3. Your Email(*)
    Please let us know your email address.

Contact Us

District Office:
High Point Plaza
4415 W. Harrison St.
Suite 550
Hillside, IL 60162
(708) 632-4500 PHONE
(708) 632-4515 FAX

Springfield Office:
309-H Capitol Building
Springfield, IL 62706
(217) 782-8505 PHONE