SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – State Rep. Karina Villa, D-West Chicago, recently participated in the Edgar Fellows Program, a public fellowship named after former Illinois Gov. Jim Edgar.
“I have brought my life experiences as the daughter of immigrants, a child of local small business owners, a union member and a school social worker to Springfield to help shape policy to put Illinois on a better path moving forward,” said Villa. “Illinois has suffered due to mismanagement and partisanship tactics hindering progress. I look forward to continuing my work to build a stronger Illinois and middle-class by passing legislation that makes Illinois work for everyone.”
Villa recently participated in the Edgar Fellows Program, which recruits and develops public servants from throughout the state of Illinois. Fellows selected for the program participate in a five-day training program at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where they spend time honing cooperation and negotiation skills to better facilitate bipartisanship as the legislature addresses major policy issues facing the state.