Category: Government

Lightford Looks To Include Minorities In Upstart Marijuana Business

Thursday, February 21, 2019 || By Igor Studenkov || @maywoodnews

Featured image: A range of lawmakers and experts take part in a community forum on marijuana legalization hosted by state Sen. Kimberly Lightford on Feb. 11. | Igor Studenkov

As a proposal to legalize the adult recreational use of marijuana moves forward in the Illinois General Assembly, state Senator Kimberly Lightford (4th) wants to make sure the black community doesn’t get left out. 

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Cook County Takes Steps To Erase Its Gang Database

Thursday, February 21, 2019 || By Mick Dumke/ProPublica Illinois || @maywoodnews

Featured image: Young people clean up gang graffiti in a Maywood park. | File

Over the years, a gang database maintained by the Cook County Sheriff’s Office grew to include more than 25,000 names, as well as countless errors.

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Pritzker Signs Lightford’s $15 Minimum Wage Bill Into Law

Tuesday, February 19, 2019 || By Jerry Nowicki/Capitol News Illinois || @maywoodnews

SPRINGFIELD – Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed a bill to raise Illinois’ minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2025 Tuesday in the Governor’s Mansion, declaring his first major legislative victory “a time to celebrate.”

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