AURORA, Ill. – State Rep. Barbara Hernandez, D-Aurora, is hosting a veterans’ issues panel alongside state Rep. Stephanie Kifowit, D-Aurora, on Tuesday, Nov. 5 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Gillerson’s Grubbery, located at 33 W. New York St. in Aurora.

“I am extremely proud that we have such an active veteran community here in my district, with many different organizations and local leaders coming together daily to help address the issues facing veterans and other military personnel,” said Hernandez. “These brave men and women hold the highest honor of having served our country, and I am honoring this service by working hard to ensure they have the necessary benefits, aid and other important services they need. I encourage all veterans, serving military personnel, and military families to come to this panel to listen, ask questions about what we are doing in Springfield to properly serve them.”

Hernandez and Kifowit will be joined by acting director of Veterans’ Affairs, Linda Chapa LaVia, a long-time Aurora resident, as well as Hernandez’s seat predecessor in the Illinois House of Representatives. Additional panel members include Michael Wallace of Vet Tech US, Celia Rodriguez of the Aurora Veteran’s Council and members from Hernandez’s Veterans Citizens Advisory Committee. The panel will consist of 30 minute presentations from the panelists, followed by 30 minutes of open discussion from attendees. This event is free and open to the public.

“I hope that by providing a space for local veteran’s to discuss their issues and concerns with me can further advance the work we are doing in Springfield to address their needs,” said Hernandez. “These men and women have sacrificed so much in serving our country, and I am committed to doing everything I can to give back to this community. There is still more work to be done to address concerns of housing, healthcare, and financial stability for veterans, and I look forward to continuing that conversation right here in the district.”

For more information on this event, or to RSVP, please contact Hernandez’s constituent services office at 630-270-1848 or email

Who: State Rep. Barbara Hernandez, State Rep. Stephanie Kifowit

What: Veterans’ Issues Panel

When: Tuesday, Nov. 5th from 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Where: Gillerson’s Grubbery, located at 33 W. New York St. in Aurora

Rep. Barbara HernandezRep. Barbara Hernandez

83rd District

Springfield Office:
233-E Stratton Office Building
Springfield, IL 62706
(217) 558-1002
District Office:
540 W. Galena Blvd.
Aurora, IL 60506
(630) 270-1848