Kimberly Lighford

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The Illinois Senate last week approved increased protections for those who use alternative electric and gas suppliers. 

 

Consumers leave their public utility companies with promises they’ll save a few dollars on their monthly bills. Private suppliers may even offer free electricity in exchange for a contract. 

But state Sen. Kimberly Lightford, a Democrat from Maywood, said many end up paying more.

Illinois Lawmakers Say Wage Increase 'Unlikely'

Dec 3, 2014

Illinois lawmakers won't consider increasing the state's minimum wage to $11 as they wind down their fall session. 

The Associated Press reports the House Speaker’s spokesman Steve Brown said "complications" made it unlikely for a wage hike to be passed this year.

Sen. Kim Lightford, a Maywood Democrat, is the plan's sponsor.

"We're trying to find a balance to allow for a wage increase, to support the business community, and to keep the city of Chicago thriving."

Chicago passed its own $13-an-hour wage hike yesterday.

CTU Strike Raises Questions About Reform Law

Sep 14, 2012

The Chicago teachers strike is serving as a test for an education law approved by Illinois lawmakers last year. The statute included a provision that created additional barriers for teachers to walk off the job.