SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – State Rep. Barbara Hernandez, D-Aurora, was recently named to House committees focusing on education, housing and public safety, high priorities for the Aurora community.
“Working directly on education, public safety and housing reform, issues that are so important to our community, is a privilege,” Hernandez said. “Aurorans believe that all kids deserve schools well-equipped with social workers, and nurses, and special education professionals. Aurorans believe in keeping our roads safe. Aurorans believe in robust support for people who have a hard time finding a job or finding housing.”
After years working with the Illinois Math and Science Academy (IMSA) in Aurora, Hernandez has a close connection with the diverse local education community and fought for equitable funding for schools and fair wages for teachers. She also sees good healthcare as a human right, a belief she shares with Aurorans. Hernandez’s place as a member of the Cities and Villages committee will also give her a powerful voice to fight for cities Aurora, which are surrounded by major highways.
In recognition of her good work, Hernandez is vice chair of the Higher Education-Appropriations and Elementary and Seconday Education: Administration, Licensing and Charters committees, and a member of House Cities and Villages; Housing; Human Services; and Transporation: Vehicles and Safety committees.
“Education is the foundation for Illinois’ future,” Hernandez said. “Providing our kids with pathways to success, from starting their learning experiences in early education to helping them secure good jobs as they finish their higher learning in universities or trade schools, education is the best tool for building a stronger Illinois we have. I thank Speaker Welch for these opportunities.”