Lilly highlights redistricting reform measure, urges passage

SPRINGFIELD – State Rep. Camille Lilly, D-Chicago, voted for House Resolution Joint Constitutional Amendment 58, which would establish an independent, bipartisan commission to draw state legislative districts in Illinois.

“I supported this measure because we should take the map drawing process out of the hands of elected officials and turn it over to an independent commission,” said Lilly. “Unfortunately, the Senate did not act on this measure, so voters will not have the opportunity to be able to support this effort in November.”

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Black Caucus gets in formation, saves Chicago State University

Today, both the House and the Senate sent legislation to the Governor’s desk to keep the doors open at Chicago State University and a host of other state universities. Senate Bill 2059, which was spearheaded by House Black Caucus Chairman Representative Rita Mayfield (D – Waukegan) and Senate Appropriations Chairman Donne Trotter (D-Chicago) , provides $600 million from the Education Assistance Funds (EAF) for operations funding for all nine public universities, the Illinois Math and Science Academy and the City Colleges of Chicago.

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Lightford expands educational opportunities for minority teachers

041216CM0883SPRINGFIELD- In 2012, 49 percent of Illinois public school students belonged to a racial or ethnic minority group, while only 16.7 percent of teachers did. Many studies show that the more teachers reflect the student body, the better the results in the classroom will be.

In light of this, minority teachers working toward additional degrees or certifications in Illinois could soon be eligible for the Minority Teachers of Illinois Program, under a proposal the Senate approved today.

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Illinois Legislative Black Caucus claims victory for Child Care Funding Rule Reversal

childcareIn January, Senator Emil Jones III and Representative LaShawn Ford filed Senate Bill 105, which would have appropriated funds to the Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP).  Since the legislation was introduced, the Illinois Legislative Black Caucus has been leading the charge to ensure child care funding is available for families throughout Illinois. CCAP provides access to affordable child care for more than 179,000 children throughout the state, giving working parents a hand with the exorbitant, ever-increasing cost of child care.

Recently, Representative Jehan Gordon-Booth and Senator Toi Hutchinson struck a deal with the governor to roll back his emergency rule to allow families who previously qualified to be eligible again. On July 1st governor used an emergency rule making process to establish new eligibility requirements that left out an estimated 90 percent of new applicants

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