January 2007 - Present
Approp-Elementary & Secondary Educ (Vice-Chairperson); Appropriations-Human Services; Consumer Protection (Chairperson); Elem Sec Ed: Licensing, Admin.; Health Care Licenses; Higher Education; Labor & Commerce Committee; Workforce Reconciliation Subcommitt; Negotiations Subcommittee.
Full-time state legislator; former Senior Policy Advisor to Lt. Governor Patrick Quinn; administrator in Cicero public schools for 17 years; community volunteer and current member of Children’s Center of Cicero and Berwyn, Cicero Youth Services, and Pilsen-Little Village Mental Health Agency; Labor Council for Latin American Development member; former UFCW member; AA in Liberal Arts, Morton College (2001), coursework in public administration, Governors State University; married (Charlie) and mother of two daughters and one son.