Rep. Julie Hamos
(D-Evanston)

18th District

District Office
820 Davis Street, Suite 103
Evanston, IL 60201
(847) 424-9898
(847) 424-9828 (fax)

Capitol Office
256-W Stratton Building
Springfield, IL 62706
(217) 782-8052
(217) 557-7204 (fax)


E-mail: julie@staterephamos.org

"Effective state government requires open debate and diverse views. By building coalitions among non-traditional allies, I hope to develop public policy that benefits the entire state."

-Julie Hamos

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Biography

Julie Hamos was elected State Representative of the 18th District in 1998. The district includes Rogers Park, Evanston, Wilmette, Kenilworth, Winnetka and Glencoe. Since her election, Hamos has served as chief sponsor for key initiatives such as:

  • Older Adults Services Act to reform the long-term care system;
  • The comprehensive rewrite of the Telecommunications Act;
  • Universal hearing screening for all newborns;
  • Coordinated regional transit planning for more convenient transfers, including a universal fare card;
  • The Energy Efficient Commercial Building Code and state purchasing policies promoting energy efficiency and clean air;
  • Homelessness prevention through emergency rent and utility payments;
  • Wage increases for persons who care for the disabled;
  • Campaign finance reform with spending and contribution limits, and
  • Health insurance coverage for contraceptives.

Hamos also led efforts to create a comprehensive state affordable housing plan and authored the Blueprint for Action for promoting a regional airport network.

In June 2004, Hamos was selected as a fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government for Senior Executives in State and Local Government.

Professional Background. Prior to her election as State Representative, Hamos championed public interest policies and community issues for over two decades. After receiving her law degree in 1975 from George Washington University in Washington, DC, she became the first staff attorney for a newly created subcommittee of the U.S. House Ways and Means Committee, established the first legislative advocacy office in Illinois on behalf of low-income families and minorities, and then became the legislative and political director for the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), working on policy issues affecting working men and women.

From 1981 to 1984, Hamos served as legislative counsel and policy advisor to Cook County State's Attorney Richard M. Daley, advocating for the first-ever laws and policies on domestic violence and sexual assault. In 1994, Hamos was appointed Director of the Cook County State's Attorney's Child Support Enforcement Division, with oversight of 300,000 child support and parentage cases. In 1988, Hamos left the State's Attorney's office to become president of Julie E. Hamos & Associates, a public policy and community relations consulting firm. Her firm has been engaged in a variety of public interest issues, including education, quality childcare, reproductive rights, regional transit, industrial policies, health care and much more. Today the firm primarily provides election oversight in union elections.

Personal Background. Julie Hamos is a daughter of Holocaust survivors and escaped with her family from Hungary during the 1956 revolution. She lives in Evanston with her husband, Alan Greiman, a former State Representative and current appellate court judge.

Awards and Honors. Hamos has been honored as a top legislator by:

  • American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, Midwest Chapter (2004)
    North Suburban Special Recreation Association (2004)
    Citizens Utility Board (2004)
    Family Focus Evanston (2004)
    Housing Opportunities for Women (2003)
    Illinois Association of Park Districts (2003)
    March of Dimes (2003)
    Illinois Coalition Against the Death Penalty (2003)
    Illinois Counseling Association (2003)
    Amerigroup Foundation (2003)
    Palliative Care Center and Hospice of the North Shore (2002)
    Health Care Association (2002)
    Illinois Maternal and Child Health Coalition (2002)
    Community Behavioral Healthcare Association of Illinois (2002)
    Chicago Area Immunization Campaign (2002)
    Chicago Women in Trades (2001)
    Illinois Public Transportation Association (2001)
    Equality Illinois (2001)
    Evanston/North Shore Branch of the NAACP (2001)
    Chicago Coalition for the Homeless (2001)
    Illinois Association of Rehabilitation Facilities (2001)
    ARC of Illinois (2001)
    Suburban Area Agency on Aging (2000)
    Federation of Women Contractors (2000)
    Illinois Speech-Language-Hearing Association (2000)
    SHORE (2000)
    Chicago Teacher's Union (2000)


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