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Elizabeth "Lisa" Hernandez, a longtime Cicero community activist, is State Representative of the 24th District, which includes parts of Berwyn, Brookfield, Cicero, Riverside, and Stickney, and a portion of Chicago's Little Village neighborhood.
A single mother at age 21, Lisa knows firsthand the challenges of raising a family and staying in the workforce. She also knows the value of persistence, and in 2001 she capped her efforts for a better future by earning a college degree.
Before being elected State Representative, Hernandez served as a Senior Policy Advisor for then-Lt. Gov. Pat Quinn. Prior to that, Hernandez completed a 17-year career in Cicero Public School District 99, where she managed the district's multi-million dollar educational grants office.
Hernandez's top legislative priorities include cracking down on gang violence and crime, create jobs and stimulate the economy, improve educational funding for schools, increase government openness and transparency, improve childcare, senior and social services, and expand access to quality, affordable health care.
As a legislator, Hernandez has helped pass measures to improve government transparency, increase child care assistance for low-income families, protect victims of domestic violence, provide funding for vital anti-crime programs, and expand access to quality health and dental care. Hernandez has also worked with AARP and other senior service providers to improve the state's senior services, strengthen care for seniors with mental health challenges, and provide more funding to support in-home care workers.
Hernandez has worked to address some of the state's most challenging issues, including the economy and government reform. She helped to pass the state's most sweeping ethics overhaul to root out corruption in state government, including strengthening the state's campaign finance laws and prohibiting pay-to-play politics.
Hernandez continues fighting to protect funding for local programs and to create jobs. She helped pass the state's first statewide capital construction bill in a decade to not only repair the state's damaged roads and bridges, but to create new jobs and put people back to work.
Hernandez has also worked hard to improve education by requiring public schools to teach students about the forceful removal and illegal deportation of almost 2 million Mexican-American U.S. citizens during the Great Depression, and she helped extend critical tax relief for local homeowners, senior citizens, persons with disabilities and disabled veterans.
Hernandez was born in Missouri and raised in Chicago. She grew up in Little Village and graduated from Jones Academy High School. Hernandez is a member of the Illinois Legislative Latino Caucus and has been involved with the Conference of Women Legislators (COWL).