Members of the Illinois Legislative Black Caucus provided an overview Wednesday of their forthcoming ‘comprehensive’ legislative agenda

Days from the Friday start of the General Assembly’s lame duck session, the Illinois Legislative Black Caucus offered a preview Wednesday of a multi-faceted legislative package that would license police officers, boost early childhood programs and form a commission to study reparations, among other measures.

During a nearly two-hour virtual town hall forum, members of the Black caucus, led by Senate Majority Leader Kimberly Lightford (D-Maywood), shared specific ideas that will be part of the legislative agenda, including plans to introduce bills that would create a reparations commission, implement police officer licensure requirements, establish funding formulas for early childhood and higher education and prohibit the closure of hospitals until 2023.

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