La Shawn K. Ford

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La Shawn Ford
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Illinois House of Representatives District 8
Incumbent
In office
2007-Present
Term ends
January 14, 2015
Years in position 7
PartyDemocratic
Compensation
Base salary$67,836/year
Per diem$111/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected2006
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Education
Bachelor'sLoyola University in Chicago
Personal
ProfessionReal Estate Entrepreneur
Websites
Office website
Personal website
CandidateVerification
La Shawn K. Ford is a Democratic member of the Illinois House of Representatives, representing District 8. He was first elected to the chamber in 2006.

Biography

Ford earned his B.S. in Education with a minor in Political Science from Loyola University in Chicago. His professional experience includes working as a real estate entrepreneur, Founder of Ford Desired Realty and history teacher and basketball coach in Chicago Public Schools.[1]

Committee assignments

2013-2014

At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Ford served on the following committees:

Illinois Committee Assignments, 2013
Appropriations-Human Services
Health Care Availability Access, Vice-chair
Health Care Licenses
Restorative Justice, Chair
Small Business Empowerment & Workforce Development, Chair
Tollway Oversight, Vice-chair
Veterans' Affairs

2011-2012

In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Ford served on the following committees:

2009-2010

In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Ford served on the following committees:

Issues

Campaign themes

2014

Ford's campaign website highlights the following issues:[2]

  • Improving education
    • Excerpt: "Education is the key to future success and a strong economy. We must work to expand educational opportunities for all students in Illinois and throughout the nation. The future of our country depends on the education we provide to our children today, and we must invest in them."
  • Improving health
    • Excerpt: "The health and wellness of the American people reflects the health of our nation, physically but also financially. Health care costs are increasing at a rate that is making it hard for families and businesses to keep up. And it’s getting in the way of our ability to compete as a nation in an increasingly global economy. Prescription drug costs and insurance premiums are squeezing families and leaving more Americans without adequate health coverage. I am committed to improving the health of our country now and in the years to come."
  • Preventing foreclosures
  • Improving community life
    • Excerpt: "Strong neighborhoods foster strong families, strong businesses, and strong individuals."
  • Veterans support
  • Building cross-cultural bridges
  • Citizenship

Elections

2014

See also: Illinois House of Representatives elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Illinois House of Representatives will take place in 2014. A primary election took place March 18, 2014. The general election will take place on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was December 2, 2013. Incumbent La Shawn K. Ford ran unopposed in the Democratic primary and is unchallenged in the general election.[3][4][5]

2012

See also: Illinois House of Representatives elections, 2012

Ford won election in the 2012 election for Illinois House of Representatives District 8. Ford was unopposed in the March 20 Democratic primary and was unopposed in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.[6][7][8]

Illinois House of Representatives, District 8, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngLa Shawn K. Ford Incumbent 100% 37,824
Total Votes 37,824

2010

See also:Illinois House of Representatives elections, 2010

Ford won re-election to the 8th District Seat in 2010 with no opposition. He ran unopposed in the Democratic primary on February 2nd. The general election took place on November 2, 2010.[9]

Illinois House of Representatives, District 8 (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png La Shawn Ford (D) 23,179 100.0%

2008

On November 4, 2008, Democrat La Shawn Ford won re-election to the Illinois House of Representatives District 8. He ran unopposed receiving 34,666 votes.[10]

Illinois House of Representatives, District 8 (2008)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png La Shawn Ford (D) 34,666

2006

On November 7, 2006, Democrat La Shawn Ford won re-election to the Illinois House of Representatives District 8 receiving 21,057 votes ahead of Republican Glenn Harris (2,975 votes), and Nathan Paul Helsabeck (G) who received 1,157 votes.[11]

Illinois House of Representatives, District 8 (2006)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png La Shawn Ford (D) 21,057
Glenn Harris (R) 2,975
Nathan Paul Helsabeck (G) 1,157

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Ford is available dating back to 1998. Based on available campaign finance records, Ford raised a total of $380,426 during that time period. This information was last updated on July 18, 2013.[12]

La Shawn K. Ford's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Illinois State House, District 8 Won $37,772
2010 Illinois State House, District 8 Won $38,457
2008 Illinois State House, District 8 Won $54,840
2006 Illinois State House, District 8 Won $241,822
2000 Illinois State House, District 8 Defeated $0
1998 Illinois State House, District 8 Defeated $7,535
Grand Total Raised $380,426

2012

Ford won re-election to the Illinois House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Ford raised a total of $37,772.
Illinois House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to La Shawn K. Ford's campaign in 2012
Comcast$3,000
Service Employees Local 880$3,000
Illinois Trial Lawyers Association$3,000
Chicago Teachers Union$3,000
AFSCME Illinois Council 31$2,000
Total Raised in 2012$37,772
Source:Follow the Money

2010

Ford won re-election to the Illinois House of Representatives in 2010. During that election cycle, Ford raised a total of $38,457.

2008

Ford won re-election to the Illinois House of Representatives in 2008. During that election cycle, Ford raised a total of $54,840.

2006

Ford won election to the Illinois House of Representatives in 2006. During that election cycle, Ford raised a total of $241,822.

1998

Ford lost the election for the Illinois House of Representatives in 1998. During that election cycle, Ford raised a total of $7,535.

Scorecards

Illinois Opportunity Project

See also: Illinois Opportunity Project's Legislative Vote Card

The Illinois Opportunity Project, "an independent research and public policy enterprise that promotes legislative solutions in advance of free markets and free minds," annually releases its Legislative Vote Card, grading all members in both chambers of the Illinois General Assembly on the basis of their support of "pro-growth economic policies that increase personal freedom and reign in expansive government."[13][14]

2012

Ford received a score of 0.00 out of 100 in 2012 for a grade of F according to the IOP’s grading scale. Her score was tied for the lowest among all 120 members of the Illinois House of Representatives included in the Vote Card.[14]

Controversies

Bank fraud charges

On Thursday, November 29, 2012, Ford was indicted by a federal grand jury on seventeen counts, comprised of eight counts of bank fraud and nine counts of providing the bank with false information. Ford allegedly claimed to banks that he was taking loans out for his company, Ford Desired Real Estate, Inc., and for his own real estate investments, but then used the money for other purposes, including credit card payments and campaign-related expenses. Ford also allegedly submitted false tax returns for inspection by a bank that inflated his income, allowing him to qualify for a credit-line extension and about $500,000 more in loans. If Ford is convicted, each count has a maximum penalty of 30 years in prison and a $1 million fine. A trial date was set for April 22, 2014.[15][16][17]

Personal

Ford has one child. He is a member of the Austin Young Men's Christian Association Board, Austin Chamber of Commerce Board, Chicago Association of Realtors, Circle Family Care, National Association of Realtors, Finance Committee/Parish Council of Saint Martin de Porres Catholic Church, and Founding Organizer of the Zawadi Youth Group.[18]

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References

  1. Personal website, "Biography," accessed February 21, 2014
  2. Personal website, "Issues and Legislation," accessed February 21, 2014
  3. Illinois Secretary of State, "Official candidate list," accessed March 18, 2014
  4. Illinois Board of Elections, "General Primary Election Official Canvass," April 18, 2014
  5. Illinois Secretary of State, "Official general election candidate list," accessed March 18, 2014
  6. Illinois State Board of Elections, "Candidate List," accessed December 5, 2011
  7. Illinois State Board of Elections, "Official 2012 Primary Results," accessed May 14, 2014
  8. Illinois State Board of Elections, “Official Vote - November 6, 2012 General Election,” accessed January 18, 2013
  9. Illinois Elections Division, "Illinois Official 2010 General Election Results," November 2, 2010
  10. Illinois House of Representatives official election results for 2008
  11. Illinois House of Representatives official election results for 2006
  12. followthemoney.org, "Ford, La Shawn K," accessed July 18, 2013
  13. Illinois Opportunity Project, "The Project," accessed February 21, 2013
  14. 14.0 14.1 Illinois Opportunity Project, "Legislative Vote Card home page," accessed February 21, 2013
  15. Capital Fax, "This just in… Rep. Ford indicted for bank fraud," November 29, 2012
  16. Chicago Tribune, "Rep. LaShawn Ford indicted on bank fraud charges," November 29, 2012
  17. oakpark.com, "Trial date set for Ford's federal bank fraud case," accessed February 21, 2014
  18. Project Vote Smart, "Rep. Ford," accessed February 21, 2014
Political offices
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Illinois House of Representatives District 8
2007 – Present
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