La Shawn Ford

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La Shawn Ford
Member of the Illinois House of Representatives
from the 8th district
Assumed office
January 2007 (2007-January)
Preceded byCalvin Giles
Personal details
Born1971/1972 (age 46–47)[1]
Chicago, Illinois
Political partyDemocratic
ResidenceChicago, Illinois
Alma materLoyola University (B.S.)
ProfessionReal estate broker

La Shawn K. Ford is an American politician who is a Democratic member of the Illinois House of Representatives, representing the 8th District since 2007.

Ford is currently a candidate for Mayor of Chicago in the 2019 election.[2]

Legislative career[edit]

Ford was first election in the 2006 general election, defeating incumbent Calvin Giles in the Democratic primary with 83% of the vote.[3]

In the 100th Illinois General Assembly, Ford is the Chair two committees; Financial Institutions and Restorative Justice. Ford's committee assignments are: the Appropriations Committee on Elementary & Secondary Education; Appropriations Committee on Human Services; Higher Education; Insurance: Property & Casualty; Tourism, Hospitality & Craft Industries; and Veterans' Affairs.[4]

Ford is a member of the Medicaid Managed Care Oversight Task Force.[5] To monitor how the State approaches and manages a new form of health care delivery system based on managed care models, particularly for people with disabilities and the elderly.[6] He is also a member of the Violence Prevention Task Force.[7] The Violence Prevention Task Force seeks to increase awareness of resources, jobs, and opportunities to prevent violence and to assist violence prevention groups and other social institutions in providing safe places for those at risk of violence.[6]

From 2006 until 2012, Ford has received $16,350 in campaign contributions from labor unions. This included $3,000 from AFL-CIO, $2,650 from AFSCME, $200 from Illinois Education Association; $2,500 from the Illinois Federation of Teachers, $7,000 from the Chicago Teachers Union, $1,000 from Service Employees International Union.[8]

Personal life[edit]

Ford received a bachelor of science in education from Loyola University in Chicago. He then became a history teacher and basketball coach for Chicago Public Schools. Later he became a licensed Illinois real estate broker and founder of Ford Desired Real Estate.[3] He has served as a 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.[4]

On November 29, 2012, Ford was indicted on charges of bank fraud alleging he provided misleading evidence to obtain a $500,000 extension on a line of credit. The charges state he used the money for personal expenses rather than rehabilitating an owned property, as stated in the loan documentation.[1] On August 4, 2014, all 17 felony counts of bank fraud and false information against Ford were dropped by federal prosecutors in exchange for his pleading guilty to a single misdemeanor income tax charge, and Ford's trial was removed from the federal docket.[9][10][11]


  1. ^ a b Staff. "Rep. LaShawn Ford indicted on bank fraud charges". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 29 November 2012.
  2. ^ Preston, Charles (September 26, 2018). "An Interview With Rep. LaShawn K. Ford: Will He Run For Mayor". Chicago Defender. Retrieved October 25, 2018.
  3. ^ a b Miller, David R., ed. (November 15, 2006). "Biographies of New House Members" (PDF). First Reading. Illinois Legislative Research Unit. p. 3. Retrieved December 17, 2018.
  4. ^ a b "Representative La Shawn K. Ford (D) 8th District". Illinois General Assembly. Retrieved December 17, 2018.
  5. ^ Wolff, Jonathan P., ed. (October 31, 2018). "47005 Medicaid Managed Care Oversight Task Force" (PDF). Expiration and Vacancy Report for the Governor of Illinois. Illinois Legislative Research Unit. p. 241. Retrieved December 17, 2018.
  6. ^ a b Gruber, Amanda (August 1, 2018). "Publication 425: State Board and Commission Descriptions" (PDF). Illinois Legislative Research Unit. p. 510. Retrieved December 14, 2018.
  7. ^ Wolff, Jonathan P., ed. (October 31, 2018). "43033 Violence Prevention Task Force" (PDF). Expiration and Vacancy Report for the Governor of Illinois. Illinois Legislative Research Unit. p. 390. Retrieved December 17, 2018.
  8. ^ "Candidate Summary - La Shawn K. Ford", National Institute on Money in State Politics, 2 Dec 2012
  9. ^ Janssen, Kim. "State Rep. La Shawn Ford pleads guilty to misdemeanor". Chicago Sun Times. Archived from the original on 6 August 2014. Retrieved 5 August 2014.
  10. ^ Meisner, Jason. "Surprising plea deal in state Rep. Ford's bank fraud case". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 5 August 2014.
  11. ^ Marin, Carol. "Feds back off on ruining a good man's life". Chicago Sun Times. Retrieved 5 August 2014.

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