Villanueva votes to make 2020 election safe and accessible

Published: Friday, May 22, 2020 10:17 PM

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.”

Villivalam: Voter safety a top priority during pandemic

Published: Friday, May 22, 2020 05:20 PM

Sen. Ram VillivalamCHICAGO – Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, State Senator Ram Villivalam (D-Chicago) has chief co-sponsored legislation to ensure that Illinoisans will be able to safely cast their ballots in the November election. The new elections safety package – a part of Senate Bill 1863 – will have expanded access to the state’s vote-by-mail program, early voting, and election day voting. 

Villivalam outlines work with, seeks suggestions from community in response to COVID-19

Published: Monday, April 27, 2020 11:57 AM

villivalam 021420CHICAGO – State Senator Ram Villivalam (D-Chicago) has worked closely with members of the communities he represents to support people in need during the crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. 


To date, his office has provided and participated in:



  • Calls to more than 100,000 constituents to offer assistance and to answer questions

  • Regular newsletter updates, FAQs, and resource guides with the latest information

  • Wellness check calls made to 6,139 seniors, speaking with 855 of them to connect them to vital federal, state, and local services

  • Assisting on 122 COVID-19 related constituent cases, having resolved 64 of them

  • 59 food pantry/grocery deliveries

  • Creation of a GoFundMe that raised approximately $15,000 in support of local food pantries

  • Coordination of constituent services with other governmental offices and

  • Several online presentations and briefings with fellow local lawmakers and community leaders, including town halls on resources for small businesses, first responders, and schools. 

“People need the support of their elected officials more than ever during this unsettling time,” Villivalam said. “I encourage anyone in the 8th District who needs help and/or has suggestions on how we can help to reach out to my office.” 

To contact Villivalam and his staff, call (872) 208-5188 or visit his website,, to send an email.

Villivalam pushes for better personal health education in public schools

Published: Wednesday, February 26, 2020 04:31 PM

villivalam 022620 2SPRINGFEILD - State Senator Ram Villivalam (D-Chicago) and advocates introduced the REACH Act at a press conference this morning. 

This legislation requires all K-12 public schools to offer a comprehensive and age-appropriate course on personal heath and public safety. The program would be phased in slowly, thus granting schools a smooth orderly transition to the new curriculum.

The Responsible Education for Adolescent and Children’s Health (REACH) Act lays out the following curricular changes:

Sen. Ram Villivalam

Sen. Ram Villivalam

8th District

Years served: 2019–Present

Committee assignments: Appropriations I; Appropriations II; Education; Human Services; Labor; Transportation (Chairperson); Subcommittee on Capital (TR); Supplier Diversity, Special Com. On (Chairperson); Pension Investments Special Com. On.

Associated Representatives:
John C. D'Amico
Yehiel M. Kalish