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A Conversation with Lt. Governor Juliana Stratton

Juliana Stratton made history becoming the first Black American to serve as Lieutenant Governor serving alongside Governor JB Pritzker. The southside native’s entire career has focused on bringing people together, building consensus, and solving problems. In her role as Lt. Governor, she leads the Justice, Equity and Opportunity Initiative, and chairs the Illinois Council on Women and Girls, the Governor’s Rural Affairs Council, the Military Economic Development Council, and the Illinois River Coordinating Council.

In addition, Lieutenant Governor Stratton currently serves on the Executive Committee of the National Lieutenant Governors Association as the Treasurer. As a lifelong advocate for youth and creating safe spaces for our young people, Lieutenant Governor Juliana Stratton is a restorative justice practitioner and trained peace circle keeper. She was also a founding board member of the Chicago Children’s Advocacy Center and served on the Board of Directors of the Juvenile Protective Association.

This year, the Chicago Defender wanted to know what Dr. King’s vision looks like today. We reached out to community leaders, activists, advocates, and experts in law, politics, healthcare, and education to ask the question, “What does Social Justice Look Like Now?”

Today in a Chicago Defender exclusive, Lt. Governor Juliana Stratton talks to us about her historic election, her role as Lt. Governor, and what social justice looks like in politics.

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