Illinois Legislative Black Caucus
|Purpose||public policies affecting African Americans|
|Illinois, United States of America|
|National Black Caucus of State Legislators|
|Affiliations||Illinois Legislative Black Caucus Foundation|
|Website||Illinois Legislative Black Caucus|
The primary mission of the Illinois Legislative Black Caucus is to assure that the interest of African-American citizens are given equitable representation in the General Assembly and that legislative action is directed to address those interests. Through the efforts of the Caucus, tremendous strides have been made in the areas of housing, health & welfare, education, employment and minority business enterprise. Specific priorities include:
- Reform the current education funding inequalities in Illinois Schools
- Develop a comprehensive job training program, which will focus on the top ten zip code areas with the highest unemployment statistics.
- Make Illinois a SAC (State Apprenticeship Council) state.
- Restore education classes to all prisons.
- Develop comprehensive expungement legislation.
Officers are elected from within the Caucus with equal representation from both the House and Senate members.
The following legislators are officers of the Illinois Legislative Black Caucus for the 99th General Assembly.
|4 (Senate)||Kimberly Lightford||Joint Chair|
|14 (Senate)||Toi Hutchinson||Senate Chair|
|60 (House)||Rita Mayfield||House Chair|
|103 (House)||Carol Ammons||Secretary|
|34 (House)||Elgie Sims||Treasurer|
|67 (House)||Litesa Wallace||Sergeant at Arms|
The first African American in the Illinois House of Representatives was in 1876. The Caucus was formally established in 1967.