Villanueva votes to make 2020 election safe and accessible

Sen. Celina VillanuevaSPRINGFIELD – With public health concerns surrounding the 2020 General Election, State Senator Celina Villanueva (D-Chicago) voted to pass a historic election package out of the Illinois Senate.

“Participating in our democracy is a right, not a privilege,” Villanueva said. “Voters need to be able to cast their ballot without putting themselves or others at risk.”

Villanueva demands accountability for reapproved Hilco demolition

hilco expl 051520CHICAGO – After Hilco Redevelopment Partners were approved to resume their demolition of the Crawford Coal plant in Little Village, State Senator Celina Villanueva (D-Chicago) released the following statement:

“It is unconscionable and careless for Hilco to continue their demolition of the Crawford Coal plant after they already caused so much damage and covered our neighborhood in a dust cloud. Their track record proves that they do not value the public health of our community, which already has the highest number of COVID-19 cases in the state.

“The City’s decision to reauthorize the demolition is irresponsible and downright disrespectful to our community. Official notice still has not be given to neighbors, which is completely unacceptable.

“The City cannot say that it prioritizes the health of black and brown communities and then allow a known polluter to continue their demolition. The mayor needs to deny the demolition permits and to stop work on the site immediately. We deserve actual protection during this crisis, not lip service.”

Villanueva demands mixed status families be included in federal relief packages

villanueva 022620CHICAGO – Joined by members of Illinois’ Congressional Delegation and immigration lawyers, State Senator Celina Villanueva (D-Chicago) called on Congress to eliminate provisions in the federal relief package that exclude families with mixed immigration statuses.

“It is repugnant and cruel of this administration to play with the lives of so many people, especially during a pandemic that disproportionately affects African-American and Latino communities,” Villanueva said. “No one, absolutely no one, regardless of status should be denied relief in this moment.”

Under the CARES Act, U.S. citizens who are married to immigrant spouses without a Social Security number are ineligible for stimulus benefits. According to immigration lawyers representing an Illinois man who filed suit, 1.2 million Americans are denied relief under this provision. In Illinois alone over 3,700 families have been denied stimulus checks.

Roughly 6,000 people, including 1,500 Illinois residents, have asked to join the lawsuit, which is in the process of obtaining class-action status. Vivian Khalaf of Khalaf and Abuzir, LLC has also filed similar suits in Wisconsin and California.

Villanueva bringing masks to Little Village

masks 051220CHICAGO – State Senator Celina Villanueva (D-Chicago) and other elected officials are partnering with community organizations to distribute masks to the Little Village community on Wednesday. Mask distribution is first come, first served, with priority given to seniors.

“Little Village has the highest infection rate in the entire state, and we need to make sure that the most vulnerable people in our community are protected,” Villanueva said. “We all must take precautions to protect them, so please come by to get a mask if you do not have one.”

Event partners include Enlace Chicago, Rincón Family Services and Telpochcalli Community Education Project.

WHO:  State Senator Celina Villanueva, Alderperson Michael Rodriguez, U.S. Representative Jesús “Chuy” García, Commissioner Alma E. Anaya, State Representatives Lisa Hernandez, Edgar Gonzalez and Aarón Ortíz

WHAT: Little Village Mask Distribution

WHEN: Wednesday, May 13, 2020 10 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

WHERE: Second Federal Bank (West Parking Lot), 2520 S. Pulaski Rd., Chicago, IL 60623


Sen. Celina Villanueva

Sen. Celina Villanueva

11th District

Years served: 2020–Present

Committee assignments: Appropriations I; Higher Education (Vice-Chairperson); Transportation.

Biography: Born in Chicago and raised in Little Village. Full-time state legislator. Former Civic & Youth Engagement Manager at the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights. Bachelor’s degree in Latino/a Studies from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Community organizer and avid reader.

Associated Representatives:
Edgar Gonzalez, Jr.
Michael J. Madigan