Sen. Kimberly Lightford

Rauner Vetoes Most Of State Budget, Cites $4 Billion DeficitThe governor blamed House Speaker Michael Madigan and Senate President John Cullerton for sending him a spending plan that is nearly $4 billion short on revenue.
Lawmakers Return To Springfield; 8 Days Before Budget DueThe Illinois General Assembly makes what has become its weekly return to Springfield with a state budget still unresolved and only eight days before it's due.
Minimum Wage Hike Supporters Seek Action During Veto SessionWith state lawmakers set to return to Springfield for three days of veto session later this week, and then again in early December, advocates for a higher minimum wage were urging the legislature to act on a measure to increase the minimum wage in Illinois to $10 an hour.
New Law Creates 'Bring Your Parents To School Day'“A well-rounded education starts at home, and there is no better way to kick-off the school year right than with empowered parents,” Gov. Pat Quinn said.
Illinois' Writing Test Back, But Without FundingAfter a two-year reprieve, Illinois high school juniors will be tested on their writing skills again next spring during state standardized tests.
Lawmakers Debate Lowering Mandatory School Age From 7 To 6The Illinois Senate has passed a measure that would require parents to send their kids to school before their 7th birthday, in a vote that broke down along party lines.
State Lawmakers Pass Budget, But Not Without ContentionIllinois lawmakers have passed a budget to the Gov. Pat Quinn, but not without a lot of contention.
State Senate Committee Approves Minimum Wage HikeThe Illinois State Senate Executive Committee has approved a plan to increase the state's minimum wage, and let it increase automatically in the future.
Senate Votes To End Controversial Legislative Scholarship ProgramThe Illinois Senate agreed Thursday to stop letting lawmakers hand out free college educations to their constituents, removing the final roadblock to ending a century-old practice plagued by allegations of corruption and political favoritism.
UPDATED: Education Reform Proposal Moving ForwardA major school reform package advanced in an Illinois Senate committee in Springfield on Thursday, with an unusual coalition of lawmakers, school districts and teachers unions supporting the measure.
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