May 2011 - Present
Ethics & Elections; Housing; Human Services; Judiciary - Criminal (Vice-Chairperson); Mental Health & Addiction; Restorative Justice (Chairperson); Criminal Administration and Enforce; Firearms and Firearm Safety; Juv. Jus. and Sys. Involved Youth; Sentencing, Penalties and Criminal; Sex Offenses and Sex Offender Reg; Special Issues Subcommittee (Sub-Chairperson).
LGBT rights activist and organizer; former legislative director for the National Organization for Women; former legislative aide to state Sen. John Cullerton; former Deputy Director of Intergovernmental Affairs and Director of Programs and Development in the Cook County State's Attorney's Office; only openly gay female legislator serving in the General Assembly; has three children.