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. 

Securing Fair Housing

La Shawn knows how a healthy and safe home can impact your future — no matter where you grow up. He has championed legislation protecting homeowners and is a leader

Promoting Small Businesses

As a small business owner, La Shawn has championed numerous bills aimed at supporting other small business owners and entrepreneurs and their communities. La Shawn is responsible for creating the

Enhancing Education Opportunities

La Shawn understands the importance of access to quality education for children across Illinois, especially for students in disinvested communities. La Shawn is fighting for a comprehensive public high school

Improving Access to Healthcare

A cancer survivor, La Shawn understands the importance of access to health care, early detection and preventative care for all Illinois residents, including our most vulnerable communities. He was an

Expanding Employment Opportunities

La Shawn has championed a series of bills and held numerous events aimed at increasing job opportunities for workers in marginalized communities. La Shawn passed the African American Employment Plan

Combating Gun Violence

Protecting communities from the epidemic of gun violence is a top priority for La Shawn as an elected official, community leader, and a parent. La Shawn helped establish the Firearm