Lightford Becomes First Black Female Sen. Majority Leader In State History

Sunday, January 13, 2019 || By Local News Curator || @maywoodnews

Featured image: State Sen. Kimberly Lightford became the first African America female Senate Majority Leader in Illinois history on Jan. 9 | Photo submitted

A longtime Maywood lawmaker is making her own history just as Democrats are set to begin a historic era of dominance in Springfield. State Sen. Kimberly Lightford (D-4th) was recently named Senate Majority Leader, making her the first African American female to hold the position and among the highest-ranking elected officials in state government.

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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 legislative inaction has resulted in lost jobs, credit rating reductions … Continue reading Lightford Leads Resurgence of Springfield’s Black Caucus

Gov. Rauner Restores More Than $26M in Grant Cuts

Friday, May 1, 2015 || By Michael Romain  Nearly a month after he issued approximately $26 million in spending cuts to programs affecting autism assistance, indigent burial services and HIV/AIDS outreach, Gov. Bruce Rauner has reversed course. Yesterday, the Rauner administration restored what many took to calling “Good Friday cuts,” since the governor announced them on April 3, the day of the sacred Christian observance. … Continue reading Gov. Rauner Restores More Than $26M in Grant Cuts