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 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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About La Shawn

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.

As a politician and believer-
Justice and Peace can sum up my agenda.

Issues & Legislation

Elected to the Illinois House of Representatives representing the 8th District in 2007, Rep. Ford is an outspoken advocate for his constituents. Rep. 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. Ford is an outspoken advocate for his constituents. Rep. 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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As I See It

Hear directly from La Shawn Ford and his weekly letters.

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Social Initiatives

State Representative La Shawn K. Ford: Cannabis Town Hall Meeting https://youtu.be/RWGuArbSZuQ via @YouTube @justice4all44 @ChicagoHeal #cannabisindustry #CannabisNews #cannabisLegal #cannabisculture

Freddie Golden earned $1M in academic scholarships! He joined @ChicagoHeal with @RepFord8 and @MeleikaComm to discuss life as a young Black man on the west side of Chicago and how he stayed focused. F.D.R. Community Housing Foundation https://youtu.be/tvnqce7ngv0 via @YouTube #CPS

I See Black People! @RepFord8 @MeleikaComm @MarksBigMouth @ChicagoHeal https://youtu.be/L4_ZQAJ_oHY #racism #bias #CriticalRaceTheory

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