August 2, 2017

SPRINGFIELD – Assistant Majority Leader Donne Trotter (D-Chicago) released the following statement after Gov. Bruce Rauner issued an amendatory veto on Senate Bill 1, education funding reform legislation:

“It’s unfortunate that the Governor is choosing to play politics instead of signing legislation that would fairly fund our public schools. He’s said he wants to improve our education system, yet he vetoes the most progressive funding reform bill we’ve passed in decades.

We have to change this worst-in-the-nation funding formula that is set up to hurt some of the most disenfranchised students throughout the state.

The Governor has pitted Chicago students against downstate and suburban kids. In reality, Senate Bill 1 helps students all over the state, from inner city schools to rural, poor districts.

I will continue to fight to fix our broken education system by reaching across the aisle, so that our students can get the fair funding that they so desperately deserve.”

August 2, 2017

CHICAGO – State Rep. Elgie Sims (D-Chicago), State Sen. Donne Trotter (D-Chicago), and Cook County Commissioner Stanley Moore (D-Chicago) will host their annual Community Back to School Health and Wellness Fair on Saturday, August 5 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Green Lake Forest Preserve located at 1100 River Oaks Drive, Groves 1-4, in Calumet City. 

“Through this annual event we seek to bring local families together during a day of family-friendly fun while at the same time helping to ensure our children have the resources they need to get off to a successful year in school” said Sims. “This event is an opportunity for area families to come together and help us help our students get off to a great start for the upcoming school year.”

During Sims’ Community Back to School Health and Wellness Fair students will receive free school supplies to help them prepare for the upcoming school year.  In addition, there will also be free food, fun, and entertainment f...

July 26, 2017

CHICAGO- Assistant Majority Leader Kimberly A. Lightford (D-Maywood) reacted to comments Governor Bruce Rauner made today claiming that every child from a disadvantaged circumstance can receive a better education under his yet-to-be revealed plan:

“The governor claims he is treating Austin, Englewood and Lawndale the same as Cicero, North Chicago and Rockford in his secret plan. While the details of

his plan are unclear, one thing is certain, he wants to take money from Chicago’s children to make his plan more appealing and pit poor communities against each other. And that is wrong.

“I have worked on fixing our education funding formula my entire career, and refuse to let any child get shortchanged on a quality education solely to appease the governor.

“Senate Bill 1 has a hold harmless provision for all school districts because we refuse to give any school less, it funds schools based on need and ensures high poverty districts get the support they desperately need.”

July 21, 2017

CHICAGO – State Rep. Sonya Harper, D-Chicago, is fighting to give families a voice in their children’s education by passing legislation creating an elected representative school board to lead the Chicago Public Schools (CPS).

“When it comes to Chicago’s school board, parents across our city feel powerless and voiceless when it comes to the education of their children,” Harper said. “An elected school board is the answer to that concern. Empowering residents

to guide our schools is the right course of action to allow our children to meet their full potential.”

Currently, the Chicago Board of Education members are appointed by the mayor of Chicago. Harper’s House Bill 1774 would change Chicago’s current appointed board into an elected one starting with the 2019 municipal election. Registered voters with residency in the Chicago electoral district for at least one year immediately preceding the election would be eligible to run for a board member position. House Bill 1774 would split Ch...

July 20, 2017

CHICAGO – State Rep. Melissa Conyears-Ervin, D-Chicago, will continue to fight to provide working families with affordable child care after ending Gov. Rauner’s budget crisis.

“Working families throughout Illinois have lost access to affordable child care due to the governor’s budget crisis,” said Conyears-Ervin. “As a mother, I know how difficult it can be to find someone who will care for your child at an affordable rate. By passing a budget, working families can again have access to this vital service.”

When Governor Rauner’s budget crisis began, working families across Illinois were cut off from the Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP). One of the first bills Conyears-Ervin introduced as a new legislator, House Bill 721, would restore the eligibility threshold to 185% of the federal-poverty level to ensure that families always have access to the vital program that helps parents have childcare when they are at work or school. In the budget that Conyears-Ervin passed, families will aga...

July 19, 2017

CHICAGO – By ending Gov. Rauner’s budget crisis, state Rep. Melissa Conyears-Ervin, D-Chicago, increased access to economic development programs that create new jobs and improve the economy.

“The governor’s budget crisis has created irreparable damage to our state, and the best way that we can repair that damage is to invest in our communities,” said Conyears-Ervin. “The budget that I supported will once again fund programs that assist people with resume writing and job training, which ultimately will make our workforce more skilled and competitive.”

To create new jobs in low-income communities, Conyears-Ervin supported the state budget that ended Gov. Rauner’s budget crisis. The budget contained $18.4 million for job training grants and $2.15 million for community and economic development programs, which ensures funding for the African-American Family Commission. As a freshman legislator, Conyears-Ervin has made job creation one of her top priorities. One of the first pieces of legislat...

July 19, 2017

CHICAGO –State Representative La Shawn K. Ford (D-Chicago) hosts the 4th year anniversary naming of

Mandela Road and Mandela birthday celebration on July 18th at 10:30 a.m at the corner of Chicago Avenue and Cicero Avenue (Mandela Road) in Chicago. Commander Betts, 15th Police District, will also join the celebration in a effort to raise peace in Austin, and talk about CPD's new crime fighting technology. In addition to the celebration, Rep Ford will unveil Chicago's only Dr. Martin Luther King Jr's statue on Chicago Avenue and Cicero Avenue.

Nelson Mandela International Day was launched in recognition of Nelson Mandela’s birthday on July 18, via

unanimous decision of the UN General Assembly in 2009. It was inspired by a call Nelson Mandela made a year earlier for the next generation to take on the burden of leadership in addressing the world’s social injustices when he said that “it is in your hands now”. The celebration is intended to be more than a celebration of Madiba’s lif...

July 19, 2017

CHICAGO – As a way to help her constituents understand important developments in Springfield, especially about the budget, state Rep. Juliana Stratton, D-Chicago, met with residents at a town hall meeting with State Treasurer Michael Frerichs at the Hartzell Memorial United Methodist Church in Chicago on Saturday.  

“A budget does not just consist of numbers on a page,” said Stratton. “A budget reflects our values – and I can tell you this budget shows we value children, families and our community.”

During the town hall Stratton spoke about the funding for important programs in the most recent budget, including funding for child nutrition, domestic violence shelters and assistance for low-income students to attend college. The town hall, held with Frerichs, touched on important topics such as allowing residents to access funding for higher education and how education can improve public safety. A number of other local officials were present, including Kim Foxx, Cook County...

July 19, 2017

CHICAGO – State Rep. Juliana Stratton, D-Chicago, is calling on Gov. Bruce Rauner to stand with her and help end the school-to-prison pipeline by signing important juvenile justice reforms into law.

“We should always move swiftly when working towards justice,” Stratton said. “So that’s why Governor Rauner should take the many criminal justice reforms we have sent him, immediately sign them and help create opportunities to prevent children from unfairly being swept into the criminal justice system.”

Two major criminal justice reforms that Stratton introduced this year passed both the House and Senate and now require the governor’s signature to become law. The Stratton-introduced House Bill 2663 would limit early-childhood providers from expelling vulnerable students with perceived behavioral issues and encourage them to use community services to work with children and families to address behavioral issues that students might display. In addition, the Stratton-introduced House Bill 3903 pr...

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