December 28, 2016

CHICAGO – To create an account of the service of Illinois’ veterans and civilians during wartime, state Rep. Lilly is encouraging local residents to participate in the Illinois Veterans’ History Project, a program created by Secretary of State Jesse White after Congress charged the Library of Congress with preserving stories of military service.

“The Illinois Veterans’ History Project gives service members and their loved ones the ability to put their memories into a permanent record,” Lilly said. “I encourage veterans and their family members to take part in this project so that the service of these brave men and women will never be forgotten.”

To participate, veterans or their family members can complete out an Illinois Patriots Information Form from the Secretary of State’s office. Forms are found at driver service facilities throughout Illinois or on their website Those who participate will receive an...

December 11, 2016

CHICAGO – Commemorating the life of one of the world’s most renowned and revered sports legends, civil rights activists and cultural icons, state Rep. La Shawn Ford, D-Chicago, passed a measure through the Illinois House that names a segment of Roosevelt Road in Chicago after the world champion boxer, Muhammad Ali.

“In an atmosphere that has not been the most encouraging for growth and improvement in our communities, it is important that we honor and bring to light the work of the legendary Muhammad Ali,” said Ford. “He was a special man who used his stardom to fight injustices that continue to plague us. Throughout his time, he was a shining beacon in an environment that wanted him and his message to be marginalized and shrouded in darkness.”

Ford was the sponsor of House Resolution 1317, which passed the Illinois House unanimously on a vote of 104-0. The resolution designates a portion of Roosevelt Road as Muhammad Ali Road. The honored stretch of road extends from Cicero Avenue to Aus...

December 10, 2016

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – With recidivism rates for Illinois convicts over 45 percent, State Rep. La Shawn Ford, D-Chicago, sponsored a measure that would allow inmates released from an Illinois Department of Corrections or Department of Juvenile Justice detention center to receive a state ID card, free of charge.

“Currently, there is a temporary 30 day ID issued to returning citizens, but the issue remains that most employers do not accept the temporary IDOC ID as a legitimate form of ID for hiring,” said Ford. “The lack of government issued ID can be a huge determining factor in the potential for an ex-offender to recidivate. It is especially important in the first month back in society where many people are in search of stable jobs.”

Ford is a sponsor of Senate Bill 3368, a measure that would provide a means for ex-offenders to receive a state ID, a luxury that many of them cannot afford due to a lack of identification information or necessary funds. The measure, which passed the House on W...

December 9, 2016

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – With wide bipartisan support, state Representative Camille Lilly, D-Chicago, passed legislation last week that creates the option of a social-emotional screening as part of a standard school physical.

“Our educational system is supposed to prepare students for the real world the best it can, teaching them about the world and themselves,” said Lilly. “A social or emotional delay can drastically hinder the progress of a student. If we are able to help these children as soon as possible, it gives them every opportunity of living a fulfilling life.”

Rep. Lilly-sponsored Senate Bill 565 allows for schools and parents to conduct an age-appropriate developmental screenings in addition to the physical health examinations required to attend school. This legislation hopes to catch commonly missed conditions early and give students the best opportunities to succeed in their education. The bill was supported by the Loyola Child Law Center, the Legal Council for Health Justice, an...

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