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I was born and raised in this District- one of 7 children, five kids and 4 grandchildren. Mom and Dad are 89 & 90 and live close.

I am married to Dianna and I have 4 children, ages 14, 16, 18, 19. Being a husband and father are my two favorite roles in life.

I have been happily married for 46 years, with three wonderful sons, one talented grandson and a daughter in-law who we are proud to have as family.

In a couple days, I will be married to my fiance Angel Garcia. We are looking forward to starting married life together in Schaumburg since we are both from Illinois and will be close to family. We made the decision to run again for State Representative because we want to keep families like ours in Illinois.

My wife Barb and I live together with a thirteen-year-old adopted Shiba Inu named Bo in our home in DeKalb. We have not had or raised any children. We once said that we would try our hands with dogs and after we raised our first one, we realized that he was the spoiled brat that we wouldn't want a child to be. We also looked at our respective families and understood that they could not be readily counted on to help with raising children. Bo is the fifth dog that we have raised in our 40-year marriage. Our wedding took place in Waukegan and was witnessed by a judge and one other couple. We have supported each other through the earning of advanced college degrees including Barb's MFA and my Ph.D. At different times, each of us has been nominated for "teacher of the year."

I am divorced, never remarried, and have no children.

My parents were both professional artists and I have never pursued a career in the arts. My father, named Valentino DeCastris (stage name Val Eddy) played music professionally 5-7 nights a week for nearly 70 years and was with one piano player for almost 50 years. He had no other job. Val was called by a Quad City newspaper "the second best tenor banjo player in the world" - despite the string bass being his main instrument. He also played mandolin and led bands and was a vocalist. The child of immigrants from Rockford's Sister City of Ferentino, Italy, he repaired a broken mandolin his godmother gave him, as the family was too poor during the Depression to afford an instrument. Living next door to the Giorgi family (where the late State Representative E.J. "Zeke" Giorgi grew up), Val sat in rapt attention as the patriarch Gabriel Giorgi played the mandolin on his back porch. Dad lost his father at a young age and his mother didn't speak English, drive or work outside the home. Despite touring nationally, he always looked out for his mother.

Thankfully, our predominantly Italian American neighborhood of South Rockford contained many relatives and was full of love and life with true community. My family has lived on the same street there for five generations and is where I currently live in my grandparents home built in 1923. They nearly lost this home several times during the Depression. As the Val Eddy Trio, my father, pianist Homer Carlson and guitarits Dave Pitts (LaMond) had a live TV music show in Rockford in TV's early years. The Trio performed at several well-known Chicago clubs like Mister Kelly's, the Cloister and the Edgewater Beach Hotel. Dave Pitts went on to become a studio musician with WGN Radio on the Noon Show and worked with Orion Samuelson.

My mother's family was part of the great migration from the south, having been in Louisiana for generations after immigrating from Sicily. The family moved to Chicago and Rockford for industrial jobs. My mother taught multiple types of dance at Arthur Murray Studios in Rockford and was a florist and interior designer. She was "on the road" with my father while he performed across the country and highly supported his career.

My artistic talent lies in my ability to write and I have a great passion for social justice and for community service. I am a scientist with talents also in social service. I have been active as a volunteer throughout the state and have garnered a National Make a Difference Day Award, the Spirit of Caring Award from Rockford's Crusader Clinics and several local awards. I served on several non-profit boards including the Citizens Utility Board for 19 years. I have been instrumental in the revitalization of south Rockford and downtown and lead a neighborhood organization. I initiated several successful projects in Rockford, including its Italian Sister City and have been appointed by mayors and state officials to boards throughout Illinois.

My father, Maurice West, is Senior Pastor of the West Side Church in Rockford, IL, while also being the Chairman for the Rockford Police and Fire Commission. He retired in 2012 from Northrop Grumman after 35 years in Finance. My mother, Sharon West, is the anchor for my family. The sweetest and strongest person that you would meet. She received her Bachelor degree at the age of 60, after raising my brother and I. My brother, Mark West, lives in Chicago — he is an actor and marketing consultant. He received his Acting degree from the University of Illinois in 2012.

My father, Maurice West, is Senior Pastor of the West Side Church in Rockford, IL, while also being the Chairman for the Rockford Police and Fire Commission. He retired in 2012 from Northrop Grumman after 35 years in Finance. My mother, Sharon West, is the anchor for my family. The sweetest and strongest person that you would meet. She received her Bachelor degree at the age of 60, after raising my brother and I. My brother, Mark West, lives in Chicago — he is an actor and marketing consultant. He received his Acting degree from the University of Illinois in 2012.

I am happily married to my wife Jane for 34 years. We have a daughter, Leah, who is a senior majoring in Insurance Risk Management and Finance at Illinois State University, and a son, Noah, who is a freshman majoring in Aerospace Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

I have been married 31 years. My wife Cindy and I have four children and six grandchildren

I was raised by loving parents and have five brothers and sisters with whom I remain very close. I am also blessed to have a loving and supportive wife of 32 years who often knows what I need before I do and an incredible 22 year old daughter of whom I am very proud and love dearly. And if it wasn't for their support and encouragement, I would not be serving as Mayor or have chosen to run for State Representative in the 82nd District. Though prayer has also helped with the latter; I pray the Rosary every day.

I am married with three beautiful girls and our family dog. My wife and I set the example for our children to follow and love and encourage our girls to make the right choices. We do the best we can to prepare them to enjoy happy and productive lives.

My wife Kathy and I reside in rural Monticello. I have four children and a combined 11 grandchildren and great grandchildren. I'm a lucky man and I know there is nothing more important.

I am married to the gal of my dreams for 37+ years. We have 2 deceased son and to fabulous daughters. These daughters have given us 4 grandchildren that still think that gramma and grampa are cool. We are family farmer who still own and operated the third generation family farm as well as several other endeavors.

I am the oldest of 9 children and live in Decatur, Illinois where I was raised. My wife, Jo, and I have been married for 43 years. We are both Eastern Illinois University graduates, successful entrepreneurs, and very active in our community. Currently, I serve as a trustee to my Alma Mater, EIU, and on the Merit Board of the State Universities Civil Service Commission. For 22 years I proudly and honorably served in the United States Army. During my time on the Decatur City Council I played an integral part in saving taxpayers millions of dollars by opening up the bidding process for city worker's health insurance benefits, revitalizing the inner city, and hiring Ryan McCrady as the city manager.

I grew up in Westchester with seven brothers... my parents are saints. I reside in Western Springs with my wife Celeste, our daughters and our dog named Ruby.

I was raised in rural NW Illinois in a small village known as Shannon, population about 800. My father started with a career in farming and my mother took care of us kids and later joined my father in a startup business. In 1987, my parents founded Seaga Manufacturing out of the basement of our first home and has become a global leader in vending manufacturing. We have deep roots in NW IL, dating back to the 1800's. I have a great family that includes, three sisters and one brother.

I was born and raised in Pittsfield. I am the youngest of 8. My Mom was a teacher's aide and I am blessed to still work with my Dad as a carpenter 3 to 4 days a week. Me and my wife, Jane Ann Petty, have 4 children (Finley 15, JJ 13, Mickey 7 and Jed 5) For the last 10 years Jane Ann and I have grown our company, which has 1 hotel in Pittsfield, 4 Coffee Shops in Pittsfield, Mt. Sterling and Springfield along with over 80 rental units. We love to work hard and are very passionate about our community. Jane Ann has sat on many boards as have I. We volunteer at our church (St. Mary's Catholic Church) and are committed to teaching our children about service to others.

My belief is we have too many politicians in Springfield and not enough public servants. Both parties have become to powerful in selecting candidates. For instance in my district C.D. Davidsmeyer is the third Representative in a row to be appointed, not elected by the districts Republicans. This has to change, the job is intended to be of service to others and through that being accountable and looking out for the best long term interest of your constituents, not yourself.

I am a first generation American. My parents came to Illinois for the precious opportunity it once held. Here, they worked hard to build a life and pursue the American dream. They instilled proper values and ethics in me that propelled me to success. My husband and I now lead our family of 5 and are proud. We have thus far navigated through the same challenges that all Illinoisans face. My hope is that I can make a difference for our citizens and that Illinois will once again be a place we are proud of and a place where our children will stay.

My grandmothers died young. My grandfathers both came to America around 1914. My mother, Marlene Shatkin (nee Wieselman), was a Chicago schoolteacher when she met my father, Henry Shatkin, a commodities trader. Before that, my father had a lot of jobs drove a stock car and a taxicab, delivered mail during the busy Christmas season, pumped gas (once for June Haver), promoted and worked in management for the James Gang, as well as Ike and Tina Turner, judged for Golden Gloves, and scouted for college basketball. My dad also invested in soap-on-a-rope.

My parents had three children, Robert, Judy, and me. They moved from Chicago to the northern suburbs. My brother became a commodities trader, my sister, a doctor, and I, a lawyer. I met my husband on a blind date when I was 32. We have now been married for twenty years and have two children, Stephanie and Joe. Our children tend to be patient regarding the ignorance of the older generation. Stephanie has selected politics as her major at Occidental College. She is not at all interested in the politics of the State of Illinois. Joe, 17, plays the trombone and the baritone horn in several bands at Stevenson High School. He wants to be a journalist or a chef.

My mother and all of my grandparents immigrated to the United States from Yugoslavia in the early 1970's and settled in Chicago's East Side neighborhood. My grandparents risked everything they had to find opportunity in America. They worked hard, played by the rules and made sure that my parents received a quality education. In turn, my parents excelled in their professional life and passed on the valuable lessons in hard work, discipline, and respect that they learned from their fathers and mothers.

Whenever I think about my family, I am reminded of the many sacrifices that they made in order to give their children and their children's children the opportunity to live a life better than their own. Their story is the quintessential American Dream, and I am humbled and motivated by the fact that I can play some part in keeping that Dream alive for all Illinoisans. In addition to my parents and grandparents, I have three younger siblings all going through the Lincolnshire local school systems and all are heavily involved in sports.

I live in Oakland, Illinois, where I was born and raised. After graduating from Oakland High School, I attended Eureka College and obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in education. I later attended Lakeland College and received an Associate's Degree in agriculture. I am a third-generation farmer and I raise Angus cattle. I'm married to Mary, my wife of thirty-seven years. We have seven children and fourteen grandchildren.

I am married to my wife of 15 years. We have 5 children, ranging in age from 14 to 3 (4 boys and 1 girl). Our children are very active in sports, playing baseball and basketball. We love the outdoors and try to camp and fish as much as possible in the summer.

My family has owned farm land in Massac County for more than 100 years. My brothers and I are all SIUC alums. One is an attorney and one is a CPA and I am farmer, business owner and broadcaster.

I am single with no kids, but I love spending time with my nieces and nephews. I come from a great and supporting family in which education has always been important. My family has instilled the need to apply Common Sense and Common Courtesy to all of my endeavors and interactions. Loosely, my family includes people serving our community with the law enforcement, serving our country in the military, teachers, parents, small business owners and retirees.

My husband, Brandon, and our 8 year-old daughter, Norah, live in the Sauganash Park community where we have resided for over 5 years. Norah attends the local neighborhood CPS, Sauganash Elementary, and I'm a proud member of our Local School Council.

My grandfather, Owen McAteer, came here from Ireland and Brandon's father, Paul Fournier, arrived in the United States from Canada. Both of these men had a strong work ethic that they passed on to their children and grandchildren. Owen McAteer worked at the Illinois Central Railroad for forty-two years. He was a proud member of his union, The Brotherhood of Railroad Carmen. That union membership helped him to support his family throughout the depression and after. Paul Fournier became a mechanical aeronautical engineer. His inventions earned him several patents registered with the United States Patent Office. My parents are Owen and Rosalie McAteer. My father, now retired, was an agent for Farmers Insurance. My mother, also retired, worked as a social worker at a nursing home. My sister, Catherine McAteer, my only sibling, is a Cook County Public Defender.

My wife and I live in the Mayfair community of Chicago. I grew up in Chicago and went to public schools. As a child of immigrants, I recognize that my aspirations are attainable because my parents came to the U.S. and dreamed of a better life. They left their family and professional careers in India to come to America in the 1970s with next to nothing in their pockets. They worked minimum wage jobs, went to school again, and were both public servants for more than 25 years. My parents provided a better quality of life and opportunity for their three children by believing in and living the American Dream. I have carried on the values my parents taught me of working hard and helping others.

I am married to Debra. She is a Chicago Alderman and a CPA. We have four grown children. We are all practice Orthodox Judaism.

I am one of seven siblings raised on the NW side of Chicago by my father, a Chicago Fire Fighter and my mother, a registered nurse. I raised my own son and daughter in Mt. Prospect, IL. Both are now grown. My son moved to Denver, CO in search of better opportunities. My daughter remains in the Chicago area.

I am a lifelong resident of the northwest suburbs, having grown up in Des Plaines as the oldest of four sisters; I currently live in Arlington Heights. My mother was Lutheran General Hospital's first full-time nurse. My father was in sales and was a private pilot. When I was seven, he was in a plane crash that resulted in life-altering injuries. My mother returned to work to support the family. My sisters and I worked minimum wage jobs to contribute to the family, and with the support of state programs, we were able to go to college. I have a son and a daughter. My daughter is an early childhood educator and my son is a union organizer.

I am the only surviving person in my family. I can tell you that my family came up poor, came up proud, came up decent, and loved this great country of ours. They were all patriotic and proud Americans.

I am proud that my family has many health care workers. I have a brother, a sister and many nieces that are registered nurses. My mother was also a registered nurse in Puerto Rico. Due to the lack of proficiency in the English language, she wasn't able to get her nursing license here in Illinois. Instead both of my parents found work in factories upon arriving to the United States.

I have been married 28 years to my high school sweetheart, Celeste (Smothers) Stratemeyer. We have two daughters: Audrey is in nursing school at Kaskaskia College, and Natalie is enrolled at the University of Illinois College of Business. My parents are both deceased.

I was born and raised in Southern Illinois and married my wide, Shannon, in 2014. My parents, Robert and Donna Plummer, started R.P. Lumber Company in 1977 in Staunton, Illinois. Since then, the company has grown from one store to 68 in both Illinois and Missouri. I have two sisters, six nieces and nephews, and a dog named Rambo.

My wife Lisa and I have been married for 29 years. We have raised five children (ages 17-25). My wife gave our middle daughter a kidney last year and both are doing well. We have lived in our district for 19 years where I have coached the same team for that same time period. My wife was an elementary school teacher, then a stay at home mom, and now a children's and family life minister at our church. My mother lives next door (dad is deceased) part of the year (the warm months) and in FL where she taught school for 25 years in the winter.

I have a wonderful wife, Missy Goldberg, who works as a consultant, and we have lived in Old Irving Park for the last 13 years. I am very proud of my daughter Emma, who attended public schools in Chicago, and is now studying political science and social justice at DePaul University. Socially, my wife and I are not a lot of fun. We tend to work hard, and go to bed pretty early. Part of the reason we don't get out that much is due to our beloved but incredibly spoiled dog named Pokey. Knowing how nervous he gets whenever we leave the house, my wife just cannot enjoy herself. We love him, but he has ruined my life. I grew up in KY, and lived there until I came here for college and am still very close to my very large extended family on both sides.

I have been married 28 years to my high school sweetheart, Celeste (Smothers) Stratemeyer. We have two daughters: Audrey is in nursing school at Kaskaskia College, and Natalie is enrolled at the University of Illinois College of Business. My parents are both deceased.

I was born and raised in Southern Illinois and married my wide, Shannon, in 2014. My parents, Robert and Donna Plummer, started R.P. Lumber Company in 1977 in Staunton, Illinois. Since then, the company has grown from one store to 68 in both Illinois and Missouri. I have two sisters, six nieces and nephews, and a dog named Rambo.

My wife Lisa and I have been married for 29 years. We have raised five children (ages 17-25). My wife gave our middle daughter a kidney last year and both are doing well. We have lived in our district for 19 years where I have coached the same team for that same time period. My wife was an elementary school teacher, then a stay at home mom, and now a children's and family life minister at our church. My mother lives next door (dad is deceased) part of the year (the warm months) and in FL where she taught school for 25 years in the winter.

My parent came to the US from the state of Durango in Mexico. My father is a forklift driver. My mom is a lunch lady in the Chicago Public Schools. My sister, brother and I were born in Chicago and I am the oldest sibling. A few of my aunts and uncles came to the US before my parents. There are many Ortiz's on the southwest side you could say.

My parent came to the US from the state of Durango in Mexico. My father is a forklift driver. My mom is a lunch lady in the Chicago Public Schools. My sister, brother and I were born in Chicago and I am the oldest sibling. A few of my aunts and uncles came to the US before my parents. There are many Ortiz's on the southwest side you could say.

I admire my father, Jack Shaw, very much. He came to this country to study for and obtain his Master's Degree in Social work, and after graduating took a job as a social worker in Atlanta, Georgia, in the 1960s. Among his many talents is judo, and as one of his activities he volunteered to teach young African-American boys the sport. However, when it came to competing in the segregated South, his team was not welcome. In one case, the organizers of a tournament actually cancelled the competition rather than compete with my dad's African-American students. My dad took in stride. He told his kids that they should just have a good practice, because the equipment was so much better than the equipment they had. I did not learn until I was an adult that during this time he often received calls from civil rights giants such as Dr. King, offering to help protest that his kids were blocked from competing because they were black. For my dad, helping the kids was the important part of the story. Late night phone calls from Dr. King were secondary details.

I am the daughter of Guatemalan immigrants that came to live in the district in the early 80s. While growing up my parents worked factory jobs and were active volunteers in the community. My father is now a retired baker while my mother still works as a home care worker. I am the oldest of four siblings, I have one brother and two sisters. My brother works at the Illinois Department of Employment Security. The older sister works as an assistant teacher and my youngest sister is a nanny. I have two nephews and a niece who I care for deeply.

I am the only college graduate in my immediate family. My family is deeply involved in the United Methodist Church. I have a large extended family, many of them live in the district, while some are located in other major U.S. cities and many others still live in Guatemala where we keep strong ties.

My parents emigrated from Mexico to Chicago in the 80s, and I was fortunate enough to join them in the early 90s. I was afforded the opportunity to become a Permanent Legal Resident, and a Citizen of the US — an opportunity that I don't plan to take for granted. Today, I live in the Humboldt Park community with my partner and our two children.

I admire my father, Jack Shaw, very much. He came to this country to study for and obtain his Master's Degree in Social work, and after graduating took a job as a social worker in Atlanta, Georgia, in the 1960s. Among his many talents is judo, and as one of his activities he volunteered to teach young African-American boys the sport. However, when it came to competing in the segregated South, his team was not welcome. In one case, the organizers of a tournament actually cancelled the competition rather than compete with my dad's African-American students. My dad took in stride. He told his kids that they should just have a good practice, because the equipment was so much better than the equipment they had. I did not learn until I was an adult that during this time he often received calls from civil rights giants such as Dr. King, offering to help protest that his kids were blocked from competing because they were black. For my dad, helping the kids was the important part of the story. Late night phone calls from Dr. King were secondary details.

I am the daughter of Guatemalan immigrants that came to live in the district in the early 80s. While growing up my parents worked factory jobs and were active volunteers in the community. My father is now a retired baker while my mother still works as a home care worker. I am the oldest of four siblings, I have one brother and two sisters. My brother works at the Illinois Department of Employment Security. The older sister works as an assistant teacher and my youngest sister is a nanny. I have two nephews and a niece who I care for deeply.

I am the only college graduate in my immediate family. My family is deeply involved in the United Methodist Church. I have a large extended family, many of them live in the district, while some are located in other major U.S. cities and many others still live in Guatemala where we keep strong ties.

I am the granddaughter of James and Anna Pattison and Alejandro and Lupe Martinez. Both of my grandfathers and my father worked at a copper mine in Utah called Kennecott. James founded and organized his local IBEW to win pension benefits for widowers whose husbands were killed on the job. I was raised by a single mother, Arlene Pattison, who was a trained teacher but because of a series of setbacks worked most of her life as a hospital secretary. We lived paycheck to paycheck and struggled to get by while taking care of my grandmother who suffered severe dementia. My father, Alex Martinez, was not in the picture, but he too worked at the copper mine. I come from a working-class family and I'm very proud of my working-class roots. Every one of my family's struggles has built me into the person I am today.

I am the granddaughter of James and Anna Pattison and Alejandro and Lupe Martinez. Both of my grandfathers and my father worked at a copper mine in Utah called Kennecott. James founded and organized his local IBEW to win pension benefits for widowers whose husbands were killed on the job. I was raised by a single mother, Arlene Pattison, who was a trained teacher but because of a series of setbacks worked most of her life as a hospital secretary. We lived paycheck to paycheck and struggled to get by while taking care of my grandmother who suffered severe dementia. My father, Alex Martinez, was not in the picture, but he too worked at the copper mine. I come from a working-class family and I'm very proud of my working-class roots. Every one of my family's struggles has built me into the person I am today.

My parents emigrated from Mexico to Chicago in the 80s, and I was fortunate enough to join them in the early 90s. I was afforded the opportunity to become a Permanent Legal Resident, and a Citizen of the US — an opportunity that I don't plan to take for granted. Today, I live in the Humboldt Park community with my partner and our two children.

My very first memory is of my graduation from the Head Start preschool program for low-income children in Chicago. I proudly stood on stage, a great gap-toothed smile on my face and a gold paper crown on my head. My hair was in tight braids and I was wearing a scratchy polyester dress my mother had sewn on her used Singer sewing machine. At that moment, even though so many obstacles were in my way, I thought I could be anything I wanted. Success in life requires access to education, to resources, and, most importantly, to systems that will support us in getting there. I am a product of the Chicago Public Schools, a Catholic high school, and one of the first mosques in Chicago. My immigrant parents worked as a CTA ticket agent and a USPS postal clerk. These foundations fueled my ambition for equity, high quality, and accountability for all our residents — youth and adults.

Today, my husband and I have been able to Build a Life. We raised three children who are now building their own lives. Yousuf is a physician and I am an educator. Healthcare and Education- these are two key aspects of a strong society- and we are committed to ensuring every resident has them. Reverend Leslie Sanders says, "We may not be the same skin color, but you and I are the same kind." In this diverse country, we should have each other's back. But actually, some people, bolstered by our divisive President, Governor, and other leaders, are trying to keep us apart. They say I don't belong, you don't have what it takes, and he is scary. The silver lining in this contentious environment is that many of us are stepping up and speaking up. We are fighting for the values of our great nation- pluralism, liberty, and justice. We know we are stronger when we knock on doors side-by-side, and speak truth to power — together.

The perfect response to today's climate of divisiveness is electing a smart, charismatic, progressive, American Muslim woman with a hijab who has spent her career as a teacher, a businesswoman, and an advocate for all Americans. I will be a bridge between diverse communities so that together, we will all thrive as Americans. I never thought I would run for office - but my core values are equity, justice, and pluralism. My love for these values, my family and my country is compelling me to toss my scarf into the ring for Illinois State Representative of the 5th District. :)

I've been married for two years now to my amazing husband, Bart Bullock. We met in preschool and were reunited the summer before college. He is my best friend and biggest supporter. I also have amazing parents supporting me on this journey to become an elected official. I feel incredibly blessed to have a loving and hardworking support system of family and friends.

My mother is a retired public school teacher and union delegate, and my deceased father was a city of Chicago building inspector. My partner and I have been together for 8 wonderful years and we have 3 rambunctious dogs: Venus, Blake and Bailey.

I was raised by a single mother. My father passed away when I was 7 years I grew up with 1 sister and two half sisters for my father's first marriage. My father was an engineer and also owned a Contracting business in Chicago. My mother went back to school at a later age and became a psychologist.

My three sons and I live in Rogers Park with a comically large cat named Puck. My spouse, Candace Gingrich (yep, that Gingrich family), lives in Hyattsville, MD where they work for the Human Right Campaign focused on youth and campus organizing and issues.

Robert was born in Little Village on the Southwest side of Chicago and moved to Berwyn in 2014 with his family. His parents immigrated to the United States from Mexico with the dream of making a better life for their family. They were often forced to work two jobs to make ends meet, and relied upon Robert's aunt, Carmen Ruiz, to play an active role in his upbringing. As a social worker for the Salvation Army, Carmen instilled in Robert an appreciation for the value of community involvement and a passion for public service.

Robert's family is deeply involved at St. Agnes of Bohemia, where he graduated from elementary school and then attended what is now Depaul College Prep. After working his way through the University of Illinois at Chicago with the help of scholarships and student loans, Robert began his work in community organizing. At the age of 20, he had a tremendous opportunity to travel to Los Angeles to help elect the city's first Latino mayor in modern history, Antonio Villaraigosa. Robert then traveled to Washington D.C., where he served in the office of Congressman Gutierrez and in Sen. Richard Durbin's district office.

Robert is the Vice President of Realty of Chicago — a Berwyn based Real Estate firm. He helped craft a vision for the company that not only focused on success but on giving back to the community. They recently held their 4thAnnual Back to School Supply Giveaway, where they helped more than 1,000 students get ready for school. They also held their 4th Annual Thanksgiving Turkey Giveaway to help families in need, in addition to donating thousands of dollars in scholarships to undocumented local students. As a young father nothing is more important than the future of our state. He is part of the St. Leonard's family, his son currently goes to school there. Robert also volunteers for several non-profit youth organizations and coaches his son's Tee Ball Team in the Berwyn Park District.

Robert was born in Little Village on the Southwest side of Chicago and moved to Berwyn in 2014 with his family. His parents immigrated to the United States from Mexico with the dream of making a better life for their family. They were often forced to work two jobs to make ends meet, and relied upon Robert's aunt, Carmen Ruiz, to play an active role in his upbringing. As a social worker for the Salvation Army, Carmen instilled in Robert an appreciation for the value of community involvement and a passion for public service.

Robert's family is deeply involved at St. Agnes of Bohemia, where he graduated from elementary school and then attended what is now Depaul College Prep. After working his way through the University of Illinois at Chicago with the help of scholarships and student loans, Robert began his work in community organizing. At the age of 20, he had a tremendous opportunity to travel to Los Angeles to help elect the city's first Latino mayor in modern history, Antonio Villaraigosa. Robert then traveled to Washington D.C., where he served in the office of Congressman Gutierrez and in Sen. Richard Durbin's district office.

Robert is the Vice President of Realty of Chicago — a Berwyn based Real Estate firm. He helped craft a vision for the company that not only focused on success but on giving back to the community. They recently held their 4thAnnual Back to School Supply Giveaway, where they helped more than 1,000 students get ready for school. They also held their 4th Annual Thanksgiving Turkey Giveaway to help families in need, in addition to donating thousands of dollars in scholarships to undocumented local students. As a young father nothing is more important than the future of our state. He is part of the St. Leonard's family, his son currently goes to school there. Robert also volunteers for several non-profit youth organizations and coaches his son's Tee Ball Team in the Berwyn Park District.

I have been married to my wife Brittany for 14 years. We have 6 Children. Will, Josh, Lizzy, Brittany, Lamar and Lear.

I'm a single working woman who never planned to run for office but was inspired by all the women who have stepped up into leadership roles the past year and wanted to try and do my part to be a voice for young working women like myself

I have been married to my wife Brittany for 14 years. We have 6 Children. Will, Josh, Lizzy, Brittany, Lamar and Lear.

I come from a family of eight children, raised in the south suburbs of Chicago. In my large extended family, nearly all educational and professional levels are represented. I raised three daughters as a single mother, and encouraged their educational achievements. I currently serve as a junior high school Spanish teacher, and I have been an editor/writer/journalist in my career. I have owned a home in Blue Island for over 20 years.

I am married to a 17 year war veteran named Henry and we have three beautiful children Zaire who is 11years old and kenya & Jordan who are both 3year old twins

I have been married for almost 18 years, I have 3 children (2 boys and 1 girl) and we have lived in our community for over 18 years.

I have been married to Michael Gelder since 1985. We have two daughters: Hannah Gelder, a community organizer with ONE Northside in Chicago; and Moriah Gelder, an environmental engineer with EA Engineering, Science & Technology, in Hunt Valley, MD. I am one of seven children, five of whom are still living. Two died of complications from spinal cord injuries; my younger brother, while in the Peace Corps, within a month of his injury, my older sister sixteen years later. One brother is a Retired Rear Admiral; the other brother was a conscientious objector during the Vietnam War and was the mayor of South Bend, IN for close to fifteen years. One sister is an editor, the other a dental hygienist.

I am the son of immigrants and my wife is an immigrant. We can spot corruption a mile away. My brother is my hero- having served as a pilot and Colonel in the USAF. We speak truth to power.

I was raised by a single mother, Jackie Parks, who wasn't able to graduate high school and worked two jobs to pay the bills. She taught me the importance of education, hard work, and giving back, and in so many ways she is the reason I'm running for state representative. My husband Dan Chow currently works at the Kellogg School of Management in Executive Education, is an excellent cook, and father to our two beautiful daughters, aged 12 and 15, who attend local public schools in Evanston.

I have been married to Michael Gelder since 1985. We have two daughters: Hannah Gelder, a community organizer with ONE Northside in Chicago; and Moriah Gelder, an environmental engineer with EA Engineering, Science & Technology, in Hunt Valley, MD. I am one of seven children, five of whom are still living. Two died of complications from spinal cord injuries; my younger brother, while in the Peace Corps, within a month of his injury, my older sister sixteen years later. One brother is a Retired Rear Admiral; the other brother was a conscientious objector during the Vietnam War and was the mayor of South Bend, IN for close to fifteen years. One sister is an editor, the other a dental hygienist.

My paternal grandparents immigrated to the United States from China in the 1920's and, based solely on their nationality, were subject to deportation under the Chinese Exclusion Acts. Due to the assistance of a civil rights attorney, my grandparents were able to stay in the United States, become citizens, build their small business, and raise a family. My father is a retired college professor who was active in the civil rights movement, traveling to Arkansas and Mississippi to register voters in 1960. My mother was active in the women's movement, including the effort to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment in the 1970's. My husband Mike and I have three sons who have graduated from or are attending Glenview public schools. We have lived in Glenview for 15 years and are involved members of our community and synagogue.

I was raised by a single mother, Jackie Parks, who wasn't able to graduate high school and worked two jobs to pay the bills. She taught me the importance of education, hard work, and giving back, and in so many ways she is the reason I'm running for state representative. My husband Dan Chow currently works at the Kellogg School of Management in Executive Education, is an excellent cook, and father to our two beautiful daughters, aged 12 and 15, who attend local public schools in Evanston.

My paternal grandparents immigrated to the United States from China in the 1920's and, based solely on their nationality, were subject to deportation under the Chinese Exclusion Acts. Due to the assistance of a civil rights attorney, my grandparents were able to stay in the United States, become citizens, build their small business, and raise a family. My father is a retired college professor who was active in the civil rights movement, traveling to Arkansas and Mississippi to register voters in 1960. My mother was active in the women's movement, including the effort to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment in the 1970's. My husband Mike and I have three sons who have graduated from or are attending Glenview public schools. We have lived in Glenview for 15 years and are involved members of our community and synagogue.

I am married to an amazing guy, Roger Cady, that is a web developer, video gamer, and foodie. We have 4 kiddos together - Annaliese, Miriam, Owen and Jack. Our kids are our driving force. We work hard and play hard in the name of their future. Roger and I appreciate sports, outdoors, and great food. Our kids are big fans of Harry Potter, gymnastics, pasta and animals.

I am the son of immigrants and my wife is an immigrant. We can spot corruption a mile away. My brother is my hero- having served as a pilot and Colonel in the USAF. We speak truth to power.

I am an ordained minister, husband and father of two.

I come from a very close knit family, while I do not have any children of my own, I have three nephews and I am the middle child of two sisters.

I have a brilliant, trailblazing four-year-old daughter.

My husband and I live in South Shore and love living on the South side of Chicago. We raised our three children who were educated at Ray, Mount Carmel and Lab School. All three are independent and engaged in their communities, ranging from an attorney working with start ups to obtain financing -- to an aspiring web series producer. My husband is a research psychiatrist who studies the biology of aggression and seeks to find treatment methods which will reduce the level of violence in our society. We are committed to our communities and at any major community event you will see one of us there, often having helped plan it.

I have been married to my college sweetheart for 26 years. We have four children ages 16 to 24. They have all attended Chicago Public Schools. We have lived in Hyde Park the entire time, which I think is one of the best places for an African-Asian-American family to live happily and productively.

My family currently has four living generations on Chicago's South Side. My grandmother came to Chicago with her family, from Nashville, Tennessee, in the late 1920s as part of the first wave of the Great Migration. There are a lot of accomplished, passionate women in my family who raised me with a strong sense of community —my grandmother and cousin (who is also my godmother) were teachers and then school administrators for Chicago Public Schools and my mother, Perri Irmer, is an architect and attorney who has worked in many public sector roles and currently serves as President of the DuSable Museum. These examples in my life have motivated me towards roles that make a positive impact in the community.

Outside of my hometown roots, I have had the opportunity to live on the East and West Coasts in college and grad school; I also had the opportunity to live overseas, in the Netherlands, when my father took a job that relocated my family for two years (I was there for a year in 12th grade and returned to the U.S. for college at MIT). This unique set of experiences helped mold my worldview and has informed my desire to remain a life-long student and both a local and global thinker.

My wife Sharon and I have been married for 6 years and have a 16 month old son.

My wife Sharon and I have been married for 6 years and have a 16 month old son.

I have been married for almost 18 years, I have 3 children (2 boys and 1 girl) and we have lived in our community for over 18 years.

My wife and I have lived in the same house in Glen Ellyn for 24 years. We have two adult children. We are very active in our community and church. We have 2 dogs and a cat.

I was born in Durango, Mexico and at a young age my family immigrated to the United States. I attended East Leyden High School and grew up in Schiller Park. After graduating high school, I joined the United States Marine Corps, where I served from 1994 to 1998. After my time in the U.S. Marine Corps I came back to Illinois and obtained employment at the Schiller Park Police Department where I have been serving that community for the past 17 years. I currently live in Carol Stream with my wife and two children. My wife is a registered nurse for a school district. My two children go to the local public school and enjoy being involved in after school activities.

My wife and I have lived in the same house in Glen Ellyn for 24 years. We have two adult children. We are very active in our community and church. We have 2 dogs and a cat.

I have been married to my wife Judith, an educator, for 36 years. Together we have three adult children who all are USAF Veterans too!

I am married for 33 years to my husband Jim. We have two adult children. Our daughter lives in the Chicago area and our son lives in Washington DC. I have an adorable dog by the name of Lucky; he is a beautiful Cavalier King Charles.

I grew up in an Irish Catholic family in the Beverly neighborhood of Chicago. I'm very close with my parents and my sister. My father retired from the CPD when I was young.

I am the oldest of 4 siblings. I have 2 younger sisters and 1 little brother. We all have different interests and personalities but are very close. We recently welcomed my first nephew, my sister's son who is 2 and making me realize how fast time goes. My mom and dad have always been completely supportive of me and I am so grateful for their love and guidance. They have taught me to be personally accountable for my actions, fiscally responsible, and to always strive to help others.

I was born in Durango, Mexico and at a young age my family immigrated to the United States. I attended East Leyden High School and grew up in Schiller Park. After graduating high school, I joined the United States Marine Corps, where I served from 1994 to 1998. After my time in the U.S. Marine Corps I came back to Illinois and obtained employment at the Schiller Park Police Department where I have been serving that community for the past 17 years. I currently live in Carol Stream with my wife and two children. My wife is a registered nurse for a school district. My two children go to the local public school and enjoy being involved in after school activities.

I have been married to my wife Judith, an educator, for 36 years. Together we have three adult children who all are USAF Veterans too!

I am married for 33 years to my husband Jim. We have two adult children. Our daughter lives in the Chicago area and our son lives in Washington DC. I have an adorable dog by the name of Lucky; he is a beautiful Cavalier King Charles.

I grew up in an Irish Catholic family in the Beverly neighborhood of Chicago. I'm very close with my parents and my sister. My father retired from the CPD when I was young.

My husband, Joe, and I have been married for 25 years and we have three children: 2 in college and 1 in 6th grade. My family members are my biggest fans and my strongest support system. Worried about my children's future in Illinois with our rising taxes and debt led me to run for office. I refuse to give up hope. It's not too late to save our state — we just need the right people in Springfield to do it.

My husband, Joe, and I have been married for 25 years and we have three children: 2 in college and 1 in 6th grade. My family members are my biggest fans and my strongest support system. Worried about my children's future in Illinois with our rising taxes and debt led me to run for office. I refuse to give up hope. It's not too late to save our state — we just need the right people in Springfield to do it.

Born in Lagos, Nigeria, I had lost both parents by the age of 17. I have six siblings, and the youngest was just 5 months old when our mother died. I moved to the United States in 1992. I am single, and a father of one daughter.

I am a proud son of a former teacher and a police officer. I have three siblings. My older brother is a chemist and one of my sisters is an optometrist and another sister is in medical school at Indiana University.

Born in Lagos, Nigeria, I had lost both parents by the age of 17. I have six siblings, and the youngest was just 5 months old when our mother died. I moved to the United States in 1992. I am single, and a father of one daughter.

I have two adult daughters that both live in Los Angeles. One daughter is married, and my younger daughter is not. I have no grandchildren. My older daughter is Marketing Director for the Los Angeles Conservation Group and my younger daughter is a financial analyst.

I have two adult daughters that both live in Los Angeles. One daughter is married, and my younger daughter is not. I have no grandchildren. My older daughter is Marketing Director for the Los Angeles Conservation Group and my younger daughter is a financial analyst.

I have a wife of seven years and a three year old daughter. My wife and I met in college at the University of Illinois. I have a younger sister who also went to the University of Illinois. Both my parents are in their mid-sixties and are retired. Both my mom and dad had at least six siblings. My wife was born in Jamaica and is the oldest of seven. I have in-laws that are still in elementary school.

I have a wife of seven years and a three year old daughter. My wife and I met in college at the University of Illinois. I have a younger sister who also went to the University of Illinois. Both my parents are in their mid-sixties and are retired. Both my mom and dad had at least six siblings. My wife was born in Jamaica and is the oldest of seven. I have in-laws that are still in elementary school.

I am a proud son of a former teacher and a police officer. I have three siblings. My older brother is a chemist and one of my sisters is an optometrist and another sister is in medical school at Indiana University.

I have been married to my husband Greg for 16 years. I have 3 children. Joey is 14 years old and is a freshman at Prospect High School. Tommy is 13 years old and is in eighth grade at Lincoln Middle School. Bethany is 11 years old and is in sixth grade at Lincoln Middle School. We have lived in Mt Prospect for 12 years.

I have been married to my husband Greg for 16 years. I have 3 children. Joey is 14 years old and is a freshman at Prospect High School. Tommy is 13 years old and is in eighth grade at Lincoln Middle School. Bethany is 11 years old and is in sixth grade at Lincoln Middle School. We have lived in Mt Prospect for 12 years.

My wife, Mary and I have been married since 1999 and we have lived in Elmhurst since 2006. We have two sons, Jacob (15) and Dylan (12), who attend District 205 schools. My parents live in Schaumburg and I have a sister in Scottsdale, AZ. My sister-in-law and her family also live in Elmhurst.

I met my husband at Christmas time, 1986 in Hong Kong, we've been together ever since. He is the smartest person I've ever known. I am blessed to have such a good and kind husband who encourages my independence. We have two wicked smart, gorgeous, fun kids. Alana graduated from the University of Southern California last May with an Industrial & Systems Engineering degree. She is continuing her studies in the liberal arts, languages and history. She is considering a Ph.D. in Middle East Studies. Andy has two semesters left at USC where he will have a major in Political Science and a Minor in History. He worked on a big campaign in CA-26 and is weighing his options for the upcoming year.