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Senator Kimberly A. Lightford (D)
Years Served: 1998 – Present (Senate)
Legislative Assignments:
Committees on Financial Institutions (Vice-Chairperson); Education (Chairperson); Sen. Comm. Whole; Approp I; Higher Education; Labor; Fin. Inst. Predatory Lending (Sub-Chairperson); Subcommittee on NCLB.
Born May 10, 1968, in Chicago; B.A., public communications & human relations, Western Illinois University; Master’s in public administration, University of Illinois at Springfield.
Springfield Office: District Office:
Senator 4th District 4415 W. Harrison St.
329A Capitol Building Hillside, IL 60162
Springfield, IL 62706 (P) 708-632-4500
(P) 217-782-8505 (F) 708-632-4515
Representative La Shawn K. Ford (D)
Years Served: 2007 – Present
Legislative Assignments:
Appropriations-Human Services; Health Care Availability Access (Vice-Chairperson); Health Care Licenses; Small Business Empowerment & Workfo (Chairperson); Restorative Justice (Chairperson); Tollway Oversight (Vice-Chairperson); Veterans’ Affairs.
Real estate entrepreneur and founder of Ford Desired Realty, Inc. Received his B.S. in Education from Loyola University in Chicago. Former history teacher and basketball coach for Chicago Public Schools. Licensed Illinois real estate broker, member of the Chicago and National Association of Realtors, board member of the Austin YMCA, board member of Circle Family Care, board member of the Austin Chamber of Commerce, founding organizer of Zawadi Youth Group, and member of St. Martin de Porres Catholic Church Parish Council and Finance Committee.
Springfield Office:District Office: 2305
247-E Stratton Office Building5104 W. Chicago Ave.
Springfield, IL 62706Chicago, IL 60651
(P) (217) 782-5962(P) (773) 378-5902
(F) (217) 557-4502(F) (773) 378-5903


Representative Emanuel Chris Welch (D)
January 2013 – Present
Legislative Assignments:
Appropriations-Higher Education; Health Care Availability Access; Higher Education; Judiciary; Small Business Empowerment & Workfo; Transportation, Regulation, Roads; Criminal Procedure, Penalities.
Attorney; B.A., Northwestern University; J.D., John Marshall Law School; member, Proviso Township High Schools District 209 Board of Education from November 2001 to May 2013, president of board from April 2003 to January 2013; partner, Sanchez Daniels & Hoffman, LLP; married, has one son.
Springfield Office: District Office: 2305
266-S Stratton Office Building 10055 W. Roosevelt Rd., Suite E
Springfield, IL 62706 Westchester, IL 60154
(P) (217) 782-8120 (P) (708) 450-1000
(F) (217) 524-0448 (F) (708) 450-1104