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Who is Elizabeth “Lisa” Hernandez?

Elizabeth “Lisa” Hernandez, a long-time Cicero community activist, is serving in her fifth term as State Representative of the 24th District. Her top legislative priorities have been to crack down on gang violence and crime, create jobs and stimulate the economy, improve educational funding for Cicero and Berwyn schools, increase government openness and transparency, improve childcare, senior and social services, and expand access to quality, affordable health care.

As State Representative, Lisa continues on her path to creating a better tomorrow for everyone. She has focused on drawing resources to her district, fostering a healthy business climate to create jobs, ensuring safety in our homes and on our roads, and improving the quality of education. Lisa has demonstrated her leadership in the Illinois State Legislature by chairing the Consumer Protection Committee and serving as Vice-chair of the Appropriations for Elementary and Secondary Education. Her commitment has made her one of the most sought-after and trusted advocates for the passing of laws to improve Illinoisans’ lives, such as the new Temporary Visitor Driver’s License signed into law in January.

Champion for immigrant rights and safer highways and roads in Illinois

Hernandez co-sponsored Senate bill SB-957, which allows IL Secretary of State to issue Temporary Visitor Driver’s Licenses (TVDL) to Illinois drivers who are undocumented. Thousands of drivers who were unable to obtain a driver’s license before have already attended seminars hosted by Hernandez, to prepare to apply for the new license.


• Appropriations for Elementary & Secondary Education, Vice-chair

• Appropriations-Human Services

• Bio-Technology

• Business Growth & Incentives

• Consumer Protection, Chair

• Higher Education, Vice-chair

• Labor & Commerce

• Subcommittee on Consumer Health, Chair


Co-Chair, Illinois Legislative Latino Caucus

Member, Conference of Women Legislators (COWL)

Member, Education Caucus

Member, Diabetes Caucus
Former Member, Aging Committee, Illinois State House of Representatives
Former Member, Disability Services Committee, Illinois State House of Representatives
Former Member, Health and Healthcare Disparities Committee, Illinois State House of Representatives

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Where has Lisa Been?

Before serving as a state lawmaker, Hernandez worked for former Lt. Gov. Pat Quinn as a Senior Policy Advisor, and prior to that, Hernandez completed a 17 year career in Cicero Public School District 99, where she managed the district’s multi-million dollar educational grants office.

Lisa’s Effort for Change

As a legislator, Hernandez has helped pass measures to improve government transparency, increase child care assistance for low income families, protect victims of domestic violence, provide funding for vital anti-crime programs, and expand access to quality health and dental care. Hernandez has also worked hard with AARP and other senior service providers to revamp the state’s senior services, care for seniors with mental health issues such as hoarding, and provide more money to support in-home care workers.

In her most recent term, Hernandez has tackled some of the state’s most challenging issues, including the economy and government reform. She worked with her colleagues to pass the state’s most grand-sweeping ethics overhaul to root out corruption in state government, including strengthening the state’s campaign finance laws and prohibiting pay to play politics.

Helping the Economy 

As the state faces the adverse effects of the national economic downturn, Hernandez is still fighting to protect funding for local programs, and to create jobs. She helped pass a statewide capital construction bill to not only repair the state’s damaged roads and budgets, but to create new jobs and put people back to work. The legislation appropriates $8.39 billion for capital improvements and enables Illinois to receive $6.75 billion in federal economic recovery funds.

Educational Growth

Hernandez has also worked hard to improve education by requiring public schools to teach students about the forceful removal and illegal deportation of almost 2,000,000 Mexican-American U.S. citizens during the Great Depression, and helped extend critical tax relief for local homeowners, senior citizens, persons with disabilities and disabled veterans. Hernandez is a member of Illinois Legislative Latino Caucus and has been involved with the Conference of Women Legislators (COWL).

About Lisa

Hernandez was Born in Missouri and raised in Chicago. She grew up in Little Village and graduated from Jones Academy High School. A single mother at twenty-one, Lisa knows firsthand the challenges of raising a family and staying in the workforce. She also knows the value of persistence, and in 2001 she capped her efforts for a better future by earning a college degree.

Hernandez is married to Charlie Hernandez, her husband of over 20 years. They are the proud parents of Charlie II, Jackie, Miranda and Paul. She and her family are parishioners at Our Lady of Charity Roman Catholic parish in Cicero.


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