I was very happy to visit with the Chicago Park District this week during Parks Day at the State Capitol. During their visit, the park representatives informed me of current programs and upcoming initiatives. I would like to thank the Chicago Park District and all the park representatives from around the state who took the time to meet with legislators. Parks are invaluable resources and bring a wealth of enjoyment to every community.

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This month marks the 35th anniversary of Black History Month and while we have so much to celebrate, our country still has so much progress to make. What started in 1926 as Negro History Week and 50 years later transformed into Black History Month allows us to reflect on the history of African-American culture and the diaspora that has led to African-Americans living in nations across the globe.

Notable African-Americans from Illinois include President Barack Obama, who was sworn in as the 44th president on January 20, 2009, and Carole Mosley Braun, the first black woman Senator serving from 1992–1998.


For more information on Black History Month please visit the following:


African American History Month at the Library of Congress- This year’s theme is “African Americans and the Civil War”


Biography Channel Celebrates Black History Month- Features biographies of notable African Americans in history included President Obama, Martin Luther King, Jr., Jackie Robinson, and Rosa Parks.


National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP)- Receive daily updates about noteworthy, though often ignored, facts about black history. 


Illinois Senate Democrats Discuss Importance of Black History Month- Listen to the discussion that the impact of black history has had on elected officials from Illinois. 

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Springfield Office:

619 Capitol Building

Springfield, IL 62706



District Office:

2929 S. Wabash Avenue Suite 102

Chicago, IL 60616


312-949-1958 FAX

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3rd District Communities

Armour Square
Chicago Lawn
Fuller Park
Gage Park
McKinley Park
Near North Side
New City
Washington Park
West Englewood


Elected Officials

Rep. Kimberly Du Buclet
(5th District)

Springfield Office:
286-S Stratton Office Building
Springfield, IL 62706
(217) 782-4535
District Office:
5048 S. Indiana Ave.
Chicago, IL 60615
(773) 924-4614
(773) 924-4652 FAX



Rep. Sonya M. Harper
(6th District)

Springfield Office:
274-S Stratton Office Building
Springfield, IL 62706 
(217) 782-5971
(217) 558-6370 FAX 
District Office:
2015 W. 63rd St.
Chicago, IL 60636
(773) 925-6580
(773) 925-6584 FAX

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Office Information

Springfield Office:
417-C Capitol Building
Springfield, IL 62706
(217) 782-5966
(217) 782-1631 FAX
District Office:
2929 S. Wabash Ave., Suite 102
Chicago, IL 60616
(312) 949-1908
(312) 949-1958 FAX