Your state representative for the Eighth district
Elevating voices in
Illinois' Eighth District
La Shawn’s life story defines his philosophy as a public servant. Rooted in Chicago and a lifelong resident of the city, La Shawn Ford was raised by a single mother under arduous circumstances. His mission to serve others as an elected official is grounded by a belief that tenacity and perseverance can conquer even the most difficult challenges. La Shawn has never forgotten this life lesson, and it serves as the guiding principle in every aspect of his leadership.
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Meet Your Representative
About La Shawn K. Ford
La Shawn is a firm believer in the power of responsible parenting and established the Council on Responsible Fatherhood, which aims to support fathers and help them to become more responsible and present. La Shawn consistently advocates for increased access to financial resources and institutions for marginalized communities and promotes the value of education among students in his district.
Issues & Legislation
Elected to the Illinois House of Representatives representing the 8th District in 2007, Rep. La Shawn K. Ford is an outspoken advocate for his constituents. Rep. La Shawn Ford is focused on social justice issues and addressing disparities in employment, education, and the healthcare system. He has also worked to increase opportunities for ex-offenders, foster small business development, improve housing, expand protections for our veterans, safeguard our environment and address our state’s fiscal health.
The Eighth District
Elected in 2007 to the Illinois House of Representatives representing the 8th District, Rep. La Shawn K. Ford is an outspoken advocate for his constituents. Rep. La Shawn K. Ford is focused on social justice and disparities in employment, education, and the healthcare system. He has also worked to increase opportunities for ex-offenders, foster small business development, improve access to affordable housing, expand protections for our veterans, safeguard our environment and address our state’s fiscal health.
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OPIOID OVERDOSE CRISIS — Ford Event Tomorrow at Malcolm X College to Highlight Opioid Overdose Crisis and Upcoming Medicaid Redetermination
CHICAGO – As part of continuing efforts to combat the challenges posed by the opioid epidemic, state Rep. La Shawn K. Ford, D-Chicago, is partnering with state and local organizations
IL CURE ACT — Ford to Host Town Hall Monday, Join Experts to Discuss Future of Psychedelic Therapy in Illinois
CHICAGO – State Rep. La Shawn K. Ford, D-Chicago, will lead a town hall panel with experts to discuss the future of psychedelic therapy and his efforts to decriminalize the possession
MEDICAID — Governor Pritzker Administration Launches Campaign To Protect Medicaid Coverage
SPRINGFIELD – The Pritzker Administration is launching an all-out public awareness initiative to ensure Illinoisans retain their health insurance coverage when pandemic-era protections end and Medicaid eligibility verifications resume. The
As I See It
Hear directly from La Shawn Ford and his weekly letters.