June 3, 2020

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Chicago, IL - Members of the Illinois Legislative Black Caucus (ILBC) are calling for people to stop damaging buildings and businesses across the state following nights of unrest. Lawmakers spoke at the recently looted Grand Boulevard Plaza in Chicago. Their hope is to bring peace and strength back to local communities during this time of crisis.

"It wasn't just George [Floyd] who lost his life; it was so many others. We have some work to do in this area," said Rep. Camille Lilly (D-Oak Park).

Lilly is the House Chair of the ILBC. She says we should listen to young people and "work together to build infrastructure in the black community."

"The events that have taken place over this recent weekend have been just as hurtful or even more as the virus that has plagued our communities the last couple of months," said Rep. Sonya Harper (D-Chicago).

The Englewood resident is surveying damage and helping to clean up with residents and business owners across her district. She s...

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Members of the Illinois Legislative Black Caucus detailed their ongoing fight for racial equality and made calls for the end of looting at a news conference held at a recently-looted strip mall Tuesday on the south side of Chicago.

“What we are seeing is pent-up anger and frustration and neglect manifest itself in a very ugly way, but pain is ugly, and when people have had enough, it comes out in all forms,” state Sen. Kimberly Lightford, D-Maywood, said at the event. “But don’t get me wrong, I do not condone destruction of property, especially in our own communities, where you lay your own head.

“But I understand the sense of hopelessness that people are feeling. And I’m tired of people telling me, and us in the Black Caucus, what to do instead of simply providing opportunities for us and our people.”

The lawmakers made their call amid ongoing protests over the death of George Floyd, an unarmed black man who died May 25 in Minneapolis after being pinn...

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ENGLEWOOD — Local legislators are pleading for people to stop damaging property and businesses in South and West side neighborhoods and blasting Mayor Lori Lightfoot for what some called a deliberate move to concentrate city cops in Downtown during the unrest.

Members of the Illinois Legislative Black Caucus called for unity and an end to the looting during a press conference Tuesday afternoon.

“What we are seeing is pent-up anger and frustration manifesting itself in a very ugly way. But pain is ugly, and when people have had enough, it comes out in all forms,” Illinois Senate Majority Leader Kimberly Lightford (D-4) said.

“I do not condone destruction of property, especially in our communities…but I understand the sense of hopelessness that people are feeling, and I’m tired of people telling the Black Caucus what to do instead of simply providing opportunities for us and our people.”

Meanwhile, members of the Chicago Aldermanic Black Caucus are accusing Lightfoot and...

June 2, 2020

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State Rep. La Shawn Ford, D-Chicago, called for Pritzker to sign an executive that he says will free up spending to help rebuild African-American communities around the state in the wake of both the COVID-19 pandemic and the looting.

SPRINGFIELD — Seeking to address the systemic racism plaguing the nation and the painful looting that devastated the South and West sides, African American state legislators on Tuesday called for money to rebuild, criminal justice reforms to heal and an executive order from Gov. J.B. Pritzker to “to immediately respond to the crisis in our community.”

The message from the Illinois Legislative Black Caucus was delivered in front of a boarded-up shopping center on the South Side. The killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis has renewed peaceful protests demanding police and criminal justice reforms across the nation, and has also raised questions in Chicago about why police couldn’t better protect neighborhoods on the South and West sides.


April 9, 2018

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August 14, 2017

SPRINGFIELD, Ill.– As many of her residents lack access to healthy foods, state Rep. Juliana Stratton, D-Chicago, is sponsoring legislation to help bring attention to food deserts – areas lacking stores that sell healthy foods.

“Many residents are forced to eat out at fast food restaurants or shop for food at gas stations that only sell junk and don’t stock fruits and vegetables,” said Stratton. “The result is that many residents’ health suffers from a lack of healthy options. We need to make critical investments in building an infrastructure of stores that carry healthy foods and farmers’ markets to allow people healthy food options.”

The Stratton-backed House Bill 3157 asks the Illinois Department of Agriculture to work with municipalities on identifying food deserts and to alert lawmakers as they arise. Currently, 450,000 Chicagoans, or roughly 17% of city residents live in a food desert, with most of those affected largely concentrated in the southern and western parts of the city. E...

August 14, 2017

SPRINGFIELD, Ill.  – State Rep. Emanuel “Chris” Welch, D-Hillside, issued the following statement in response to Gov. Bruce Rauner’s recent veto of Senate Bill 1, the plan to fix Illinois’ broken funding formula:

“With his veto, the governor once again showed that he does not care about the students of Illinois. The governor was on the record saying that he agreed with 90 percent of the bill, but for some reason that was not enough for him. He continues to move the goal posts and is using our students and their education as pawns in his political games. 

“Senate Bill 1 was a negotiated bill between Democrats, Republicans, school administrators and education advocates. The measure was a result of years of hard work from lawmakers from across the state to ensure that all of our children have the chance of a better future.

“Funding directed under Senate Bill 1 will go to school districts with the greatest financial need, including Chicago Public Schools, rural downstate school districts and...

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