Sen. Kimberly Lightford’s Legislative Update: Town Hall Meeting On Eisenhower/CTA Blue Line Projects, Take The Living Wage Survey

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Town Hall Meeting on Eisenhower Expressway/CTA Blue Line Projects

Dear Friends,

As you may know, IDOT has put forth four possible proposals to renovate the Eisenhower Expressway from Racine Avenue to Mannheim Road. Improvements and future plans for the CTA Blue Line are also under discussion.

We are now at a critical point, hammering out project details that will affect our neighborhoods and the region for decades to come. IDOT has said it will choose a final “preferred” alternative (meaning final plan for improvement and expansion) by late 2014, including adding highway lanes and moving exit and entrance ramps.

On April 22, I’m hosting a Town Hall Meeting to discuss this project. I hope you will be able to join me for this important discussion. Representatives from IDOT, the CTA, Citizens for Appropriate Transportation, unions and the Illinois Road and Transportation Builders Association will be on hand to help answer our questions about the renovation.

The town hall will be held at Proviso Math and Science Academy, located at 8601 West Roosevelt Road in Forest Park from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m.

Sen. Lightford Personally Invites You To Two Events

Senator Lightford on a Living Wage (Take the Survey)

Dear Friends,

Earlier today, my plan to raise Illinois’ minimum wage from $8.35 per hour to $10.65 per hour passed the influential Senate Executive Committee.

I firmly believe that if you work 40 hours or more per week, you should be able to keep a roof over your head and healthy food on the table without the assistance from government programs. Right now, that’s not the reality for someone trying to live off a minimum wage job. That’s not fair, and frankly, it’s not right.

The minimum wage should be a living wage. 

According to the Economic Policy Institute, 88 percent of minimum wage earners are 20 or older. In fact, the average age of a minimum wage earner is 35. More than half work full time, and nearly 30 percent have children.

I need your help.

If I’m going to succeed in my push to increase the minimum wage, I need your support. There are two things you can do to help me right now:

1) Take my survey about the minimum wage. I want to know exactly what you think the minimum wage should be as we push forward.

2) Encourage your friends and family who live in other parts of Illinois to contact their legislators and ask them to support increasing the minimum wage. It’s easy to find out who your state senator and representative are and how to contact them on the State Board of Elections website.

Increasing the minimum wage is going to take a lot of work, so please forward this message to your friends and relatives and encourage them to help us succeed.

Thank you and God bless,
Kimberly Lightford
Assistant Majority Leader
4th District – Illinois

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