MEET DEMOCRAT GIL VILLEGAS
A life of service. delivering opportunities for working families.
Alderman Gil Villegas has spent his life serving his community and country. Born and raised in Chicago, Gil’s father died suddenly when Gil was only eight years old. His family moved to public housing and received Social Security survivor benefits which provided his mother the support needed to get by while Gil helped raise his little brother.
Gil never forgot what it felt like to see his mother struggle to pay for housing, healthcare, and food, so he dedicated his career to helping others.
At only 17, Gil joined the U. S. Marines and proudly served overseas becoming a Desert Storm Veteran. Following his military service, Gil worked as a bread truck driver and a union shop steward for nine years.
Understanding the challenges and lack of opportunities veterans and workers faced, he went on to develop a program that empowers veteran and minority-owned contractors to bid for public construction projects, helping create and support thousands of good -paying jobs, increasing workforce diversity and training for small businesses.
Alderman Villegas is Chair of the Chicago Latino Caucus and founder of a leadership and scholarship program dedicated to help young people further their education and develop leadership skills. He has lived on the northwest side for 25 years and currently resides in the Dunning neighborhood with his fiancé, two sons and dog.
Gil Villegas: A Record of creating opportunity for our community.
Led efforts to pass largest universal basic income pilot in America to put money directly in the pockets of low-income working families
Helped create and support thousands of good-paying jobs for veterans, women, and minority workers
Committed to safer streets and schools, and cutting costs of living
for working people
Fighting for more police officers, tougher gun laws, and community investment – because nothing is more important than reducing crime, keeping people safe, and creating opportunities for working families