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Illinois Legislative Black Caucus engage youth, civically

Lightford051117Hundreds of youth from all around the State of Illinois visited the State Capitol for the annual Illinois Legislative Black Caucus Civic Youth Engagement Day. Youth were given the opportunity to represent their school and communities by participating in various activities, some of which included giving presentations about their civic engagement topic, visiting with legislators and hosting a rally on the first floor rotunda of the Capitol.

Under the leadership of Assistant Majority Leader Kimberly A. Lightford (D-Maywood), who serves as Joint Chairman of the Illinois Legislative Black Caucus, the Civic Engagement Youth Day was first hosted three years ago. Since its conception, nearly two thousand youth have participated.



“We (Caucus) found it important to make sure we brought students from all across the state to come together, in the State Capitol. Policy happens, right here, that directly effects their education and the way their family provides for them,” Lightford said.

The Illinois Legislative Black Caucus is a collection of black legislators from both the House of Representatives and Senate. The caucus focuses on social justice, equitable access to education for students, social service funding for our most vulnerable populations. The Senate Black Caucus is chaired by Senator Toi Hutchinson (D-Chicago Heights) and the House Black Caucus is chaired by Representative Camille Lily (D-Oak Park).

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