Villanueva outraged at Hilco demolition for putting community at risk

coal explosionCHICAGO – After the Hilco Redevelopment Partners’ demolition of the Crawford Coal plant sent a dust cloud racing through the Little Village neighborhood, State Senator Celina Villanueva (D-Chicago) released the following statement:

“Hilco’s decision to demolish the Crawford plant on a holiday weekend during a pandemic that has caused respiratory issues for thousands of people was reckless and inexcusable. The lack of consideration for our community is appalling and our families and essential workers could suffer for it.

SNAP recipients will receive maximum benefits through May

villanueva 02182020HAO0695CHICAGO – With working families facing food insecurity during the coronavirus pandemic, State Senator Celina Villanueva (D-Chicago) is promoting the state’s expansion of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits.

“Thousands of people have been thrown out of work and need to feed their families,” Villanueva said. “We can’t allow the most vulnerable among us to go hungry during this crisis.”

The Illinois Department of Human Services announced that all SNAP recipients and new applicants will receive the maximum benefit beginning this week, impacting over 450,000 households. The increased benefits will be loaded onto Link cards automatically through May, so there is no need to call or re-apply.

SNAP benefits are determined by the size of the recipient’s household. The maximum benefits are as follows:

·         1 person - $194

·         2 people - $355

·         3 people - $509

·         4 people - $646

·         5 people - $738

·         6 people - $921

·         7 people - $1,018

·         8 people - $1,164

·         Each additional person – Add $146


Villanueva: Increased funds for social services are needed during COVID-19 crisis

SNAPCHICAGO – State Senator Celina Villanueva (D-Chicago) praised the governor’s moves to increase funding for food, homeless and childcare programs throughout the state.

“We need to do all we can to protect our most vulnerable friends and neighbors,” Villanueva said. “Expanding these services is the moral thing to do and I am grateful for the governor’s commitment to making sure that nobody falls through the cracks during this crisis.”

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), which feeds nearly 900,000 Illinois families, received a $80 million increase in funds. SNAP applications are now available online at

Villanueva: Survivors of domestic abuse can’t slip through the cracks

Sen. Celina VillanuevaCHICAGO – With domestic violence hotlines experiencing an increase in calls during the Stay at Home order, State Senator Celina Villanueva (D-Chicago) urged survivors to be aware of the options still available to them.

“In the midst of this crisis, we can’t let anybody slip through the cracks,” Villanueva said. “Survivors need safety during the Stay at Home order and our community can step up and be there for them.”

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