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Senator William Delgado Bio

Illinois State Senator William Delgado has served in the General Assembly since 1998, first representing the families of the 3rd Legislative District in the Illinois House of Representatives.  He joined the Illinois Senate in January of 2006, replacing retiring Senator Miguel del Valle.

In 2009, Senator Delgado was appointed Chairman of the Senate Public Health Committee, where he has worked to expand access to health care for people throughout Illinois. Specifically, he has worked to fulfill his commitment to ensure that everyone has access to Community Health Centers throughout the state.  In addition, Senator Delgado has worked tirelessly to ensure that every woman in Illinois has breast and cervical cancer screenings available to them at no charge.  He has furthered this effort by requiring that medical assistance is available for any woman who has been diagnosed with these cancers for as long as they need treatment. 

Delgado has also been a leader in initiatives to improve the quality of our schools, including legislation to address the Chicago teacher shortage by expanding the provisions of the Grow Your Own Teacher program.  The program offers grants to cover tuition for students seeking their bachelor’s degrees to become teachers in hard-to-staff schools.

Another program Delgado has championed is the Illinois Hope and Opportunity Pathways through Education program (IHOPE), with the goal of re-enrolling high school dropouts.  This program offers year-round classes, summer school, evening courses, and community college courses for participants. 

In addition to serving as Chairman of the Public Health Committee, he also serves the Vice-Chairman of the Consumer Protection committee and is a member of the Human Services, Appropriations I, and Executive Appointments Committees.

The 2nd Legislative District is comprised mainly of the Chicago neighborhoods of Belmont Cragin, Logan Square and Hermosa. He also represents portions of the Austin, Dunning, Hermosa, Humboldt Park, Montclare and Portage Park communities.

Sen. William Delgado

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Years served:
1999 - 2006 (House); 2006 - 2016 (Senate)

Committee assignments: Appropriations I; Human Services; Education (Chairperson); Committee of the Whole. (99th G.A.)

Biography: Full-time state legislator; born in Newark, N.J.; B.A. in criminal justice from Northeastern University; Leadership Chairman of the 2nd Legislative District's Volunteer Political Organization; married (wife, Iris), has two children.