Senator Bill Cunningham Bio

Bill Cunningham is a lifelong resident of the Chicago community. Before moving to the Illinois Senate, Cunningham served in the House of Representatives from 2011-2013. He serves sections of Orland, Worth, and Palos Townships in the Southwest Cook County Suburbs. 

In the House of Representatives, Cunningham sponsored several pieces of legislation designed to crack down on registered sex offenders and protect senior citizens. He fought for consumer rights by opposing legislation that would increase ComEd’s electrical rates. He also worked to create new educational opportunities in his district by passing legislation to expand the Chicago Agricultural High School.

Before taking office as a State Representative, Cunningham spent the previous twenty years working for the Cook County Sheriff’s Office, serving as Director of Communications to Sheriff Mike Sheahan and as Chief of Staff to Sheriff Tom Dart. 

In each of these positions, Bill obtained vast experience managing nearly 7,000 Sheriff’s Office employees and forming policies for one of the largest law enforcement agencies in the nation. 

As a husband and father, Cunningham has been active in his community, coaching a youth soccer team and volunteering for charitable causes. He has also worked to improve educational institutions in his neighborhood by serving as a parent representative on the Sutherland Local School Council.

Bill is a graduate of the University of Illinois at Chicago (1990). Bill and his wife Juliana have two daughters and reside in the Beverly neighborhood.

Senator Bill Cunningham


Assistant Majority Leader
President Pro Tempore
18th Legislative District

Years served: 2013 - Present

Committee assignments: Energy and Public Utilities; Executive Appointments; Higher Education; Insurance; Assignments (Vice-Chairperson); Executive (Vice-Chairperson).

Biography: Born July 21, 1967. Full-time state legislator and lifelong resident of the 18th Senate District. Graduate of Mt. Carmel High School; B.A. in Political Science from the University of Illinois-Chicago. Former Chief of Staff and Director of Communications for the Cook County Sheriff's Office. Previously served as a State Representative (2011-13) and as an elected member of the Sutherland Local School Council. Resides in Chicago's Beverly community with wife, Juliana, and two daughters, Madeline and Olivia.

Associated Representatives:
Kelly M. Burke
Frances Ann Hurley