SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – Following the adjournment of the Illinois General Assembly’s spring legislative session, state Rep. Karina Villa, D-West Chicago, issued the following statement: 

“Throughout this spring legislative session, I have used both my life and professional experiences to serve as a strong advocate for our local communities in Springfield.

“I am proud to have supported an increase in Illinois’ minimum wage.  As the daughter of local small business owners, I fought for a plan to help low-income workers and businesses alike, and the legislation I supported that has now been signed into law balances families’ need for fair pay with the needs of small businesses.

“I used my experience as a school social worker and mental health advocate to make strides towards destigmatizing mental health education.  I spearheaded legislation that will make mental health services and suicide prevention resources more widely available to our students, from kindergarten through college, and to low-income families.

“As a lifelong resident of our community, I understand the need for tax relief for homeowners and local residents.  I advocated for property tax relief by supporting a measure to increase the senior citizens homestead exemption to ensure that local seniors are not forced out of their homes due to unaffordable property tax bills.  I also fought for a Fair Tax plan to make the wealthiest pay their fair share, because middle-class families bear too much of the burden of Illinois’ unfair tax system – The Fair Tax plan I supported will bring relief to 97% of all taxpayers across Illinois.

“I took the first step in getting our state back on track by proudly supporting a bipartisan, balanced budget plan that prioritizes critical services, like meals on wheels and breast and cervical cancer screenings, while controlling state spending and paying down the enormous backlog of unpaid bills.  I worked to ensure that school funding was a top priority, and I also supported a critically needed capital proposal to address Illinois’ crumbling infrastructure with projects here in our own community and throughout the state.”

“While I feel that lawmakers have made great progress in correcting errors and irresponsible choices made by previous administrations, there is still a lot of work to be done and difficult decisions to be made to get Illinois back to fiscal prosperity.  I am committed to continuing my efforts to help build a stronger Illinois.”

Rep. Karina VillaRep. Karina Villa

(D-West Chicago)
49th District

Springfield Office:
242A-W Stratton Office Building
Springfield, IL 62706
(217) 782-1653

District Office:
106 W. Wilson St.
Ste. 13
Batavia, IL 60510
(630) 326-9319