Posts tagged "Kimberly Lightford"

Effects of SB7 collective bargaining provisions being felt in CTU vs. CPS negotiations

Effects of SB7 collective bargaining provisions being felt in CTU vs. CPS negotiations
When Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) President Karen Lewis announced Wednesday that the CTU was rejecting the arbitrator’s suggestions in the fact-finding report, she said it was because important grievances like class sizes and the longer school day were not even brought to the bargaining table. That’s because two education reform bills, one passed in 1995 and... Read more »

As mental health facilities close, bill awaiting Quinn's signature to add safeguards to protect patients

As mental health facilities close, bill awaiting Quinn's signature to add safeguards to protect patients
On June 30th, the Tinley Park Mental Health Center shut its doors for good. The facility, which provided inpatient care to the mentally ill, closed down as part of a series of state budget cuts that are hitting services for the mentally ill. What about the users of its services? News reports say they will... Read more »

Community support pushing minimum wage bill to key vote one year after introduction

Community support pushing minimum wage bill to key vote one year after introduction
State Sen. Kimberly Lightford, the main sponsor of a bill to raise the minimum wage in Illinois, and a coterie of advocacy groups that support the legislation are feeling optimistic. The bill was introduced more than a year ago, in February 2011, and has been stalled ever since. But a vote Wednesday in the executive... Read more »
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What's up this week: Minimum wage bill approaching Senate floor; pressure building on Rep. Smith to step aside

Here’s a peek at what’s happening on the political front this week: A bill aimed at hiking the state’s hourly minimum wage to $10 from $8.25, originally thought to be headed to the Senate floor this week, is more likely to hit the Senate May 16, said 4th District state Sen. Kimberly Lightford, a Westchester... Read more »

Election season means legislative limbo, but do minimum wage and healthcare laws stand a chance?

Election season means legislative limbo, but do minimum wage and healthcare laws stand a chance?
When it comes to the Illinois General Assembly, everybody’s number is up this year, which means some key legislation is likely to be stymied by the politics of November’s general election. Nonetheless, there’s still some optimism, particularly among proponents of minimum wage and healthcare reforms, that a handful of bills just might gain some momentum... Read more »