September 21, 2016

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – State Rep. Carol Ammons, D-Urbana, says telephone calls placed by inmates in Illinois correctional facilities are being inflated and costing the families of incarcerated individuals more than they can bear financially. The Illinois Legislative Black Caucus Foundation applauds Representative Ammons for her leadership to ensure inmates can continue communicating with their families.

“Currently, Illinois correctional facilities have telephone service contracts where the service provider pays 76 cents on every dollar to make phone call to the state,” Ammons said. “For the Department of Corrections to make an excessive profit by taking advantage of vulnerable and financially struggling families who only want to speak with their loved ones is an injustice.”

Ammons sponsored legislation to cap the amount that phone calls placed by inmates in the Department of Corrections and the Department of Juvenile Justice. The state receives about $12 million each year from those commiss...

September 14, 2016

Alorton – According to the NAACP, African Americans now constitute nearly 1 million of the total 2.3 million incarcerated population while only accounting for 13 percent of the population. The numbers are indicative of the need for change. The Illinois Legislative Black Caucus Foundation (ILBCF) is hosting a Criminal Justice Symposium to explore different initiatives that have been suggested and implemented, and search for solutions to end the inequality.

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September 13, 2016

Springfield – Illinois recently lost one of its longtime public service pioneers, Ethel Skyles Alexander. The former State Representative and Senator Ethel Skyles Alexander transitioned from her earthly home on Saturday, September the 10th, 2016. Ms. Alexander was one of the Founding members of the Illinois Legislative Black Caucus Foundation (ILBCF).

The Illinois Legislative Black Caucus Foundation offered the following statement:

“The Illinois Legislative Black Caucus Foundation mourns the loss of former legislator and Black Caucus member Ethel Skyles Alexander. Her legacy of leadership in public service will continue to live on and serve as a reflection of continued commitment to our community. We offer our condolences to the family and friends of Ms. Alexander.  We would like to thank the family for sharing Ms. Alexander with us while she served our great state.”

Ethel Skyles Alexander was born on January 16, 1925 in Chicago, Illinois. Alexander worked as a clerk in the Cook County Ci...

September 2, 2016

Springfield, IL- The Illinois Legislative Black Caucus Foundation has continually played a role in the development of our future leaders. Whether it be the scholarships it gives to students to further their education, or an opportunity to teach middle-schoolers about the function of state government – the ILBCF has been in the forefront. In an effort to further that mission, the Illinois Legislative Black Caucus Foundation’s Council on Urban Affairs is soliciting applications for its first class of research fellows. The fellowship will allow college, graduate or law students an opportunity to advance a legislative proposal they develop.

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