Rep. Ford Honors Muhammad Ali with Memorial Street Naming

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.”

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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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