Tag: Sen. Lightford

Senate Democrats Send Minimum Wage Bill to House

Thursday, February 7, 2019 || By Jerry Nowicki/Capitol News Illinois || @maywoodnews

Featured image: J.B. Pritzker is joined by minimum wage advocates in his office for a news conference Thursday following the Senate’s vote to approve Senate Bill 1, which raises the state’s minimum wage to $15 per hour over a 6-year period. He was joined by Sen. Kimberly Lightford (left), D-Maywood, the bill’s Senate sponsor, and Rep. Will Guzzardi (right), D-Chicago, the bill’s House sponsor. | Capitol News Illinois

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State Senate Committee Talks $15 Minimum Wage

Tuesday, February 5, 2019 || By Jerry Nowicki/Capitol News Illinois || @maywoodnews

Divisions between business and labor interests were on display on Jan. 30 at the Illinois Senate Labor Committee’s hearing on raising the state’s minimum wage from $8.25 to $15 per hour over an undefined period of years.

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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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