Study: Area Residents Crushed By College Debt | Congressman and State Rep Seeking to Help Ease the Pain
Consumer Reports / Education / Government / Legislative Update

Study: Area Residents Crushed By College Debt | Congressman and State Rep Seeking to Help Ease the Pain

Sunday, February 26, 2017 || By Michael Romain & Igor Studenkov || @maywoodnews According to a recent study by LendEDU, which describes itself as “a marketplace for student loans and student loan refinance,” 70 percent of college graduates who live in the 7th Congressional District — which covers all or parts of Maywood, Bellwood, Broadview … Continue reading

Obama Could Get an IL Holiday and a Roadway Named in His Honor
Infrastructure / Legislative Update

Obama Could Get an IL Holiday and a Roadway Named in His Honor

Saturday, February 25, 2017 || By Michael Romain || @maywoodnews State Rep. La Shawn K. Ford (8th) has drafted legislation to name Interstate 55 the Barack Obama Expressway. A portion of I-55, from Lakeshore Drive to the Tri-State Tollway, is named after former Illinois Governor and two-time Democratic presidential candidate Adlai Stevenson. The remaining 270-mile … Continue reading

Maywood Religious Leader Gives Statehouse Prayer | Welch Says IL Should Be Welcoming State, Passes ‘Zombie’ Bill | Lighford Minimum Wage Proposal Hits Snag
Legislative Update / Noted

Maywood Religious Leader Gives Statehouse Prayer | Welch Says IL Should Be Welcoming State, Passes ‘Zombie’ Bill | Lighford Minimum Wage Proposal Hits Snag

Maywood Bishop Willie J. Chambliss opens the Illinois House of Representatives in prayer on Feb. 9.  Below, Chambliss with state Rep. Emanuel “Chris” Welch (7th) | Photo courtesy: Rep. Emanuel “Chris” Welch/Facebook Thursday, February 9, 2017 || By Michael Romain || @maywoodnews Bishop Willie J. Chambliss, the founder of Miracle Revival Center in Maywood, delivered … Continue reading

Lightford Mental Health Bill Signed Into Law || Welch Named Chairman of House Education Committee
Government / Legislative Update

Lightford Mental Health Bill Signed Into Law || Welch Named Chairman of House Education Committee

Wednesday, February 1, 2017 || By Michael Romain || @maywoodnews A bill that would require students to undergo social and emotional screenings as part of the process for enrolling in school was signed by Gov. Bruce Rauner on Jan. 20. State Sen. Kimberly Lightford (4th), the bill’s primary sponsor, introduced the legislative proposal in 2015. … Continue reading

Lightford Proposes Minimum Wage Increase | Welch Wants Citizens’ Input on New Bill Proposals
Government / Legislative Update / Township News

Lightford Proposes Minimum Wage Increase | Welch Wants Citizens’ Input on New Bill Proposals

Illinois State House Capitol, Springfield | Getty/eyecrave Friday, January 20, 2017 || By Michael Romain || @maywoodnews State Sen. Kimberly Lightford (D-4th), of Maywood, has proposed a bill that would raise the minimum wage in Illinois, “currently $8.25 an hour, by 50 cents each year until reaching $11 in 2021,” according to a report by … Continue reading

Lightford Leads Resurgence of Springfield’s Black Caucus
Government / Legislative Update / Noted

Lightford Leads Resurgence of Springfield’s Black Caucus

The Illinois Legislative Black Caucus in 2015. Below, Sen. Kimberly Lightford, the Caucus’s chairman since last January, says the group is the strongest it’s been in recent memory. | Photos provided Wednesday, June 15, 2016 || By Michael Romain || @maywoodnews || @village_free Illinois has gone without a FY 2016 budget for nearly a year. The … Continue reading

Mental Health Screenings Pitched For School Entry Exams; Fair Tax Voting Started
Education / Government / Legislative Update

Mental Health Screenings Pitched For School Entry Exams; Fair Tax Voting Started

Thursday, May 5, 2016 || By Michael Romain  A bill sponsored by state Sen. Kimberly Lightford (D-4th), whose district includes Maywood and other western suburbs, would require students to receive more than vaccines and dental exams before entering school each year. The proposal, SB 565, would require students to also undergo social and emotional screenings … Continue reading