This Black History Month, one person I want to highlight is Diane Nash.

Nash was born in Chicago. She participated in a variety of civil rights campaigns as a student activist, including lunch counter protests in Nashville, Freedom Rides and organizing voting drives with the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC).

Her efforts remind me of the work I see in the 17th District every day, including that of students of the Thornton Fractional High School District 215 who helped me pass Senate Bill 1970. This new law gives students two hours to vote during the school day.

I want to thank Diane Nash and anyone who has ever fought for equal voting rights.

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Join us for the Black History Celebration on Thursday, Feb. 20, 5-9 p.m. at South Shore Cultural Center. It will be a fun-filled night, including comedy and a fashion show.

I hope to see you there!

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money

SPRINGFIELD— Property taxes could be lower for some homeowners and business owners in South Suburban communities thanks to a new state grant program that seeks to lift some of the burden on school districts that are heavily taxed.

“This grant brings needed relief to struggling communities paying higher property taxes to provide a quality education for our students, and many times students still don’t receive adequate resources,” Sims said. “The program will provide necessary relief to help keep families in Illinois and boost the economy.”

Local school districts that are eligible for the Property Tax Relief Grant include: 

  • Community Consolidated School District 168, Sauk Village
  • Dolton School District 149
  • Hoover-Schrum Memorial School District 157, Calumet City
  • Lansing School District 158
  • Thornton Fractional Township High School District 215, Lansing

The Property Tax Relief Grant helps school districts with high tax rates relative to other school districts with an opportunity to lower the property tax burden on local taxpayers with the state replacing a portion of foregone tax revenue with state funds.

The amount the school districts receive will be included in future calculations of those districts.

More information on the Property Tax Relief Grant and a listing of each eligible school district can be found at www.ISBE.net/proptaxrelief.

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Financial Self Defense

Learn more and register for the event here: http://bit.ly/financialselfdefenseevent

 

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