January 27, 2017

CHICAGO – In an effort to help working families avoid costly fees for license plate renewals this year, state Rep. Sonya Harper, D-Chicago, is encouraging residents to enroll in the Illinois Secretary of State’s Email Renewal Notice Program.

“This email service helps Illinois save from spending taxpayer dollars during our historic budget impasse, which caused many car owners to receive outrageously high fees because the Secretary of State’s office was unable to mail renewal notifications in a timely manner,” said Harper. “Even though the Secretary of State’s office has started sending out paper reminders again, this is a program that people should sign up for in order to receive multiple notices before their vehicle’s registration expires.”

Harper is highlighting the Illinois Secretary of State’s Email Renewal Notice Program website that is free to sign up for : Vehicle owners can input their Registration ID and PIN numbers located on their paper renewal...

January 27, 2017

Illinois Black Caucus member’s held a press conference to respond to Governor Rauner’s State of the State Address.

In what proved to be the highlight of an otherwise redundant State of the State Address day, in a show of unity, members of the Illinois Legislative Black Caucus faced the governor’s office for a scathing press conference. The Illinois Black Caucus is a collection of black legislators from both the House of Representatives and Senate.

Members voiced disappointment and pointed out the lack of solutions that plagued the governor’s speech. There was no clearer message than that of Assistant Majority Leader Kimberly Lightford (D-Maywood), who also chairs the joint Illinois Legislative Black Caucus: “I really feel like the governor avoided our real problems and didn’t offer up any solutions.”

The caucus has continued to focus on social justice, equitable access to education for students and social service funding for our most vulnerable population. The caucus fights for these caus...

January 27, 2017

The Illinois Legislative black Caucus Foundation is proud to announce its inaugural class of legislative research fellows. Fellows were selected from a large pool of talented applicants that were, after much deliberation, narrowed down to four recipients. Applicants were tasked with developing a legislative proposal that aimed to positively impact the Black community.  Fellows are responsible for drafting memos, developing fact sheets, executing communication strategies, preparing presentations, legislative analysis and impact analysis. Our fellows will be providing the Council on Urban Affairs information to help ILBC members make informed decisions that helps that black community, while developing the next group of leaders through work experience.

Meet our fellows:

Crystal Martin

​Presently, Crystal is a high school counselor at the Urban Prep Charter Academy for Young Men, in Chicago Illinois.  She is a 2nd year PhD student of Community Psychology at National Louis University with a di...

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