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Maria Antonia "Toni" Berrios is State Representative of the 39th District. Her Northwest Side district includes parts of the Avondale, Belmont Cragin, Hermosa, Irving Park, Portage Park and Logan Square communities. Toni is the first Puerto Rican woman to serve in the Illinois House of Representatives.
As a State Representative, Toni's top priorities are to improve the education our children receive and the quality of family life in our neighborhoods and throughout Illinois. She is focused on issues that increase the well-being of children, seniors and working families. Toni strongly supports after school programs, affordable housing and initiatives to prevent crime and provide greater access to quality and affordable health care for everyone.
Toni serves as the Chairperson of the Financial Institutions Committee. She is a member of the Biotechnology, Executive, Insurance, International Trade and Commerce, Mass Transit, Tollway Oversight, and Tourism and Conventions committees. Additionally, she serves as treasurer of the Illinois Legislative Latino Caucus.
Toni is an active member of our community, volunteering her time over the years with various organizations. Toni has worked to bring services to the people of the district by hosting a number of events and seminars every year, including job fairs, holiday food drives, back-to-school health fairs and advisory committees on environmental protection.
Toni received her undergraduate degree from Northeastern Illinois University with a Board of Governor's Degree and attained a Master's Degree in Business Administration with a concentration on International Business from Keiser University. She also holds certificates of completion from the Executive Education Program at Harvard Kennedy School and the Bowhay Institute for Legislative Leadership Development. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of Child's Play Touring Theatre, a premiere theater company in the United States that has dedicated itself to exclusively performing works written by children for more than 30 years.
Toni is the first woman to chair the Board of Hispanic Caucus Chairs. She was also the first woman to serve as co-chair of the Illinois Legislative Latino Caucus. She has previously served as secretary for the Latino Caucus of the Young Elected Officials Network and is a member of the American Council of Young Political Leaders, the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials, and the National Hispanic Caucus of State Legislators. Toni was selected to participate in the Foreign Policy Institute for State Legislators conducted by the Center for Women Policy Studies.