WEST CHICAGO, Ill. – During the recent Mexican Independence Day celebration in West Chicago, state Rep. Karina Villa, D-West Chicago, spoke to the community about local efforts to protect the Monarch Butterfly and other pollinators.
“We must work together, both in local government and with neighbors across our communities, to take serious action to protect and promote conservation efforts for the monarch butterfly and other pollinators,” said Villa. “I am proud of the work being done in West Chicago to protect the monarch, and I look forward to being a part of continued conversations about how we can preserve our environment and defend our valuable pollinators.”
The monarch butterfly, the state insect of Illinois, has seen a 90 percent decline in population, according to the National Wildlife Federation’s (NWF), due to loss of habitat. The mayor of West Chicago signed the NWF’s Mayor’s Monarch Pledge in 2017, and Villa is highlighting other organizations aiming to bring awareness and promote action in West Chicago to save the monarch butterfly, including the West Chicago Garden Club, the West Chicago Environmental Commission, the West Chicago Park District, the West Chicago Public Library, and West Chicago School Districts 33 and 34.
For more information, please contact Rep. Villa’s constituent service office at 630-326-9319 or at StateRepKarinaVilla@gmail.com.