Lightford041020SPRINGFIELD – In effort to support new employees of Illinois’ educational system, Senate Majority Leader Kimberly A. Lightford (D-Maywood) is working to create a New Teacher Induction and Mentoring Program and a New Principal Mentoring Program. 

“Ensuring all new educators receive support while developing essential knowledge, skills, and experience will result in a high-quality education for all students,” Lightford said. “A mentoring program would be a great way to build our new educators’ confidence and teaching strategies, helping create a great learning environment and experience for Illinois’ diverse learners.”

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03042020CM0531SPRINGFIELD – Senate Majority Leader Kimberly A. Lightford (D-Maywood) continues to support the privacy of sexual assault survivors, passing legislation out of the Senate that makes personal details more difficult to access for the press and the public. 

“Survivors of sexual assault should be the only ones allowed to tell their stories,” Lightford said. “Their privacy should come first, and only they know how best to overcome their trauma.” 

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SPRINGFIELD – Senate Majority Leader Kimberly A. Lightford (D-Maywood) continued her work to keep Black history alive in Illinois by creating a state holiday for Juneteenth National Freedom Day on June 19, as her legislation establishing the holiday passed the Senate Thursday.

“Juneteenth should be a state holiday – it’s the oldest national celebration of the freedom of all slaves in this country,” Lightford said. “It should be celebrated by all Illinois residents in order to highlight how far our society has come.”

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Lightford051120MAYWOOD – Senate Majority Leader Kimberly A. Lightford (D-Maywood) issued the following statement regarding Officer Derek Chauvin’s convictions on second-degree murder, third-degree murder, and second-degree manslaughter charges. 

“It’s difficult to express my feelings on this conviction. My mind is inundated with thoughts of the systemic racism and dehumanization that Black Americans have endured for generations, and the far too many Black lives lost at the hands of police.”

“I’m glad Derek Chauvin was so swiftly found guilty. However, the amount of uncertainty felt before learning the outcome, even with video evidence, is a testament to how much work we have left to do. The SAFE-T Act and the rest of the four-pillar Black Caucus agenda were crafted to begin that work, and we know we can’t stop there.”

“We can only claim victory when Black mothers no longer fear that their children may be terrorized and killed by ‘peace officers’ when they leave the house. If we are to call anything justice, it should be preserving the right Black and Brown people have to live. George Floyd had the right to live.”

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