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Hutchinson: What we fight for is bigger than what we fight against

Hutchinson Black CaucusState Senator Toi Hutchinson (D-Chicago Heights) released the following statement ahead of the verdict in the trial of Chicago Police Officer Jason Van Dyke, who was charged with murder in the shooting death of Laquan McDonald:

"In thinking about the coming Laquan McDonald case verdict, we know that the fight for civil rights has a long and storied history.

"For those that weren’t directly part of the struggle, the memories of the pain, bloodshed, death and hope that a new day was coming have been sanitized by distance and time. But they are still etched in the souls of those who have died or lost loved ones to allow us to claim our space and continue the fight.

Clayborne named keynote speaker at Uganda National Prayer Breakfast

clayborne 052318BELLEVILLE – Sen. James F. Clayborne, Jr. (D-Belleville) will be the keynote speaker at the Uganda National Prayer Breakfast on Oct. 8.

“I am honored to be given the distinct privilege of speaking before the people of Uganda at their National Prayer Breakfast,” said Clayborne. “I look forward to discussing the importance of hard work, which is the foundation of everything I’ve accomplished during my career.”

The event is attended by 1,500 guests, and the theme this year is, “All hard work brings profit, but mere talk leads to poverty.” (Proverbs 14:23).

The breakfast will be attended by high-ranking Ugandan officials, including President Yoweri Museveni​, and involves a series of meetings, including the Women’s Forum, Business Men’s Meeting and a Youth Leadership meeting.

“This will also be a great opportunity to discuss ways to expand relations between our two countries,” said Clayborne. “As always, I will take pride in representing the great state of Illinois and the people of the 57th Senate District.”

The Uganda National Prayer Breakfast is organized by the president and the Ugandan Parliament each year.

Sims echoes McDonald family’s request for peace

sims 041218CHICAGO—Senator Elgie R. Sims, Jr. (D-Chicago) released the following statement ahead of the verdict in the trial of Chicago Police Officer Jason Van Dyke, who was charged with murder in the shooting death of Laquan McDonald:

“Tensions are high as we await this much anticipated verdict, but I echo Mr. McDonald’s family in asking for peace and constructive responses no matter what the verdict is. 

Violence in and the destruction of our communities will not take away any pain felt as the city of Chicago and our entire nation grapple with issues of race, violence and the strained relationship between many communities and law enforcement.

No matter the outcome, it is understandable to be angry and upset, because another young life has been lost, but I urge all to channel any negative feelings into work that produces positive change. 

We send a stronger message to the world with peaceful solidarity and constructive action.

Let us work together toward progress and a better future together. 

For my part, I will continue to work to establish better police-community relations and reform our state’s criminal justice system to provide communities with the futures they expect and deserve.”

Black Caucus: Van Dyke verdict should bring about solidarity

lightford 082018CHICAGO- Illinois Legislative Black Caucus Chair Kimberly A. Lightford (D-Maywood) released the following statement as the jury in the Chicago Police Officer Jason Van Dyke Trial deliberates in the trial of the 2014 shooting of Laquan McDonald.

“As we await a decision from the jury, I would like to make it clear how important this trial is to our communities throughout the state of Illinois. The last time a Chicago officer was convicted of murder was nearly 50 years ago, and there are many who feel justice has not been served time and time again in Chicago and across the country.

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