Elizabeth "Lisa" Hernandez
2137 S. Lombard
Cicero, IL 60804
286-S Stratton Office Building
Springfield, IL 62706
(217) 558-1844 (fax)
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"I am honored to represent the residents of the 24th District. I look forward to working with them and serving as their voice in Springfield."
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Elizabeth “Lisa” Hernandez, a long-time Cicero community activist, was sworn into her first term as 24th District state representative on January 10, 2007. Her top legislative priorities are to improve educational funding for Cicero and Berwyn, increase government openness and transparency, and expand access to quality, affordable health care to the communities she represents.
Born in Missouri and raised in Chicago, Lisa grew up in Little Village and graduated from Jones Academy High School. A single mother at twenty-one, 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 degree from Morton College.
Starting with an administrative position in Cicero Public School District 99, Lisa worked in school administration for seventeen years, moving up from secretary to eventually overseeing the district’s multi-million dollar educational grants office. While working in Cicero schools, Lisa became intimately familiar with the state’s education challenges. She developed an activist’s commitment to see that fundamental school funding reforms are made that will level the playing field and provide all children with an equal opportunity to receive a good education.
Inspired by her experience working with local schools, Lisa decided to leap into Cicero and Berwyn community affairs to better help children. Volunteering countless hours to improve the welfare of Cicero and Berwyn children, Lisa founded the Cicero Youth Commission. In 1995, she joined the board of the Children’s Center of Cicero and Berwyn, and was also appointed to the Cicero Youth Services Board. In addition, Lisa is a Little Village/Pilsen Mental Health Agency board member.
Prior to her election as state representative, Lisa worked for Governor Patrick Quinn while he was serving as Lieutenant Governor, joining his staff in 2003 as a Senior Policy Advisor. Quinn, a former community activist himself, was impressed by Lisa’s energy and the commitment to open government that she had displayed in her own community activities.
Lisa, 45, is married to Charlie Hernandez, her husband of 18 years. They are the parents of three children, Jackie, Miranda and Paul. She and her family are parishioners at Our Lady of Charity Roman Catholic parish in Cicero.
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