Villanueva BrittSPRINGFIELD – State Senator Celina Villanueva – a longstanding championing of protecting reproductive health care – was proud to support the Fiscal Year 2024 budget, which prioritizes choice, education, fiscal responsibility and more.

“Illinois has long been a safe haven for people – both in and out of state – to receive the health care they need,” said Villanueva (D-Chicago). “Today we take another step toward inclusivity by increasing support to reproductive health initiatives, signaling to women that their lives matter.”

The Fiscal Year 2024 budget passed by the Senate Wednesday includes an $18 million investment to support reproductive health initiatives. Illinois has continued to take monumental leaps toward enshrining reproductive and gender affirming health care rights into law – and this is yet another step toward prioritizing these needs.

The budget also continues the commitment of a $350 million increase toward the evidence based funding model for K-12 education, and increases Monetary Award Program funding by $100 million – to a total of $701 million. This investment into MAP funding will ensure everyone at or below the median income can go to community college for free. The budget also allocates $3 million for a program to make textbooks cheaper or free for students, dismantling another barrier toward perusing higher education.

“People often feel deterred from higher education because of the high costs. There’s no reason any person – regardless of income – shouldn’t have access to continuing their education,” said Villanueva. “We have taken a positive step toward ensuring anyone in Illinois can afford college.”

A firm believer that educational success starts at birth, Villanueva was also proud to see an investment of $250 million for early childhood to expand preschool, stabilize the childcare workforce and increase early intervention services.

“Monumental investment into education – from preschool to college – aren’t just investments into our children, they’re investments into our communities,” said Villanueva. “By investing in a brighter future for our residents and communities, we are making sure that Illinois remains the most progressive and welcoming state in the nation.”

The Fiscal Year 2024 budget passed the Senate Thursday.


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Villanueva floor maySPRINGFIELD – Senator Villanueva championed legislation that allows charter schools to unionize without being penalized by management of the charter school.

“Employees of charter schools should never be made to feel like their voices do not matter and their teaching is not important,” said Villanueva (D-Chicago). “All teachers play a vital role in the educational success of our state’s students.” 

House Bill 1120 is an initiative of the Chicago Teachers' Union that seeks to ensure that if the staff at a charter school chooses to form a union, the management of the charter school will not interfere. 

 “Ensuring teachers will have equal opportunities, rights and respect is how we can garner a higher amount of qualified and trained teachers across the state,” said Villanueva.

House Bill 1120 passed in the Senate.


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Mortgage Assistance Program 2022 TWCHICAGO – State Senator Celina Villanueva is encouraging homeowners who struggled with paying their mortgage due to the COVID-19 pandemic to take advantage of an upcoming mortgage assistance program that will open applications on Tuesday, Nov. 1.

“This program will allow Illinois homeowners the opportunity to financially recover from the impact the pandemic has left on them,” said Villanueva (D-Chicago). “Homeowners should not have to struggle to make mortgage payments due to a global pandemic that shut down the world and immensely impacted the economy. Providing a solution to this financial hardship is a means of getting families back to a financially stable and secure position."

The Illinois Homeowner Assistance Fund, administered by the Illinois Housing Development Authority, will provide up to $30,000 in mortgage assistance to eligible homeowners — paid directly to the servicer, taxing body or other approved entity — while homeowners work to regain their financial footing. Whether homeowners have a mortgage, a reverse mortgage, or are mortgage-free, the program can fund past due housing payments and up to three months of prospective mortgage payments.

To qualify for ILHAF assistance, Illinois homeowners must have experienced a financial hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic after Jan. 21, 2020 (including a hardship that began before Jan. 21, 2020, but continued after that date). They also must currently own and occupy their home in Illinois as their primary residence, be at least 30 days late on their monthly housing payments and have a household income at or below 150% of the area median income.

“Illinois homeowners who have suffered financial hardships during the pandemic deserve relief,” Villanueva said. “I advise all homeowners to see if they are eligible for this free program and take advantage while assistance is available.”

The program is free and funds do not need to be repaid. Application, program information and updates can be found at Applications will be accepted until 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2023. Interested homeowners are strongly encouraged to attend an information session hosted by IHDA or one of our housing partners. The session schedule is posted online at . For those without access to a computer or the internet, please contact the ILHAF hotline at 1-866-IL-HELP (866-454-3571).


CHICAGO La Senadora Estatal Celina Villanueva invita a los propietarios de vivienda que tengan problemas con sus pagos de hipoteca por la pandemia del COVID-19 a que aprovechen un programa de asistencia que podrá a disposición solicitar este beneficio el 1 de noviembre.

“Este programa dará la oportunidad para que los propietarios de vivienda de Illinois se recuperen financieramente del impacto que les dejó la pandemia,” dijo Villanueva (D-Chicago). “Los propietarios de vivienda no debería batallar en hacer los pagos de su hipoteca ya que la pandemia paralizó al mundo e impactó inmensamente la economía. Al proveer una solución a esta dificultad financiera es una forma de devolver la estabilidad a las familias y garantizarles una posición con más seguridad.”

El Fondo de Asistencia a los Propietarios de Vivienda de Illinois, administrado por la Autoridad de Desarrollo a la Vivienda de Illinois, ofrecerá hasta $30,000 en asistencia a hipotecas de propietarios a vivienda elegibles —con pagos directos con quien se contrató la deuda, gobierno u otras entidades aprobadas— en tanto los propietarios de vivienda recuperan su estabilidad financiera. Si los propietarios de vivienda cuentan con una hipoteca, una hipoteca regresiva, u otras, el programa puede financiar pagos atrasados de vivienda hasta por tres meses de los pagos pendientes.

Para calificar a la asistencia ILHAF, los propietarios deben haber experimentado dificultades financieras por la pandemia de COVID-19 después del 21 de enero de 2020 (incluyendo dificultades que comenzaron antes del 21 de enero de 202, y que continúan hasta la fecha). También, deben ser los propietarios y ocupar la vivienda en Illinois como su residencia primaria, estar al menos 30 días retrasados con sus gastos de vivienda y tener un ingreso global en el hogar de 150% debajo del promedio del área donde viven.

“Los propietarios de vivienda que han sufrido dificultades financieras durante la pandemia merecen ayuda,” dijo Villanueva. “Por lo que les aconsejo que vean si son elegibles a este programa gratuito y que aprovechen esta asistencia mientras esté disponible.”

El programa no tiene costo y los fondos no necesitan ser devueltos. Las solicitudes, información sobre el programa y actualizaciones pueden ser vistas en Las solicitudes serán aceptadas hasta las 11:59 p.m. del martes 31 de enero de 2023. Se invita a que los propietarios de vivienda interesados asistan a una sesión informativa ofrecida por IHDA, o por uno de sus asociados de vivienda. El calendario de sesiones se puede consultar en línea en Para quienes no tengan acceso a una computadora o internet, por favor contacten la línea de ayuda de ILHAF, marcando 1-866-IL-HELP (866-454-3571).


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Budget Address VillanuevaSPRINGFIELD – State Senator Celina Villanueva expressed her support Wednesday for the proposed investments to expand housing support, prepare children to be lifelong learners, and make schools more equitable.

 Among the proposals is a $350 million investment to target prevention of homelessness, provide crisis response, expand housing support and increase job opportunities for the homeless.

 “Underserved Latinx communities throughout Illinois continue to face immense disparities when it comes to receiving affordable and sustainable housing solutions,” said Villanueva (D-Chicago). “With homelessness on the rise and inflation costs plummeting, we need to take the necessary action to ensure that underserved communities have the proper resources and shelter they need to feel safe and secure.”

 The governor’s proposed budget also prioritizes education from preschool to college by increasing preschool availability, fully funding K-12 education and increasing allocations toward MAP Grants.

 “Education is a top priority of mine, and I am glad the budget proposal focuses on our state’s most vulnerable students,” Villanueva said. “Education is the foundation to success, growth and a brighter future.”

 Villanueva will negotiate a fair and equitable budget in the months to come.


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05 26 20 how to encourage your teenage daughterCHICAGO – State Senator Celina Villanueva urges young women aged 14 to 18 to take the initiative to be a part of the Illinois Council on Women and Girls. By applying to be a part of such an elite group, girls will get the opportunity to learn how they can be influential in creating equality for woman in Illinois on the government level.

“With so many women possessing government legislative roles such as Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot, Lieutenant Governor Julia Stratton and the Vice President of United State Kamala Harris, the power of the woman’s voice is more prevalent than ever,” said Villanueva (D-Chicago). “Understanding how important the woman’s voice is, this council is an opportunity for young women to generate positive change in their communities in an impactful way.”

The selected young women will serve a one-year term, during which they will participate in bi-weekly meetings to plan events and projects. Starting in December 2022, there will be quarterly meetings with different Illinois committees.

The Illinois Council on Women and Girls seeks to bring the voices of young women into important policy conversations. Participants have the opportunity to provide policy recommendations on legislation that affects the lives of women and girls in Illinois, critical topics such as health care, academic and economic opportunities, and gender-based violence.

Applications are open for young women grades 9 through 12 and are due no later than Oct. 23. For more information and to apply click here.

“This is the perfect opportunity for government officials to hear the perspectives of young ladies determined to make change and help create a greater Illinois,” said Villanueva. “I am glad the Illinois Council on Women and Girls is continuing to provide young women with opportunities for their voices to hear while ensuring a better future for Illinoisans.”

Senator Villanueva’s office is available to answer questions, please contact 847-718-1110 or through her website at .


CHICAGO – La Senadora Estatal Celina Villanueva urge a las mujeres entre 14 y 18 años a tomar la iniciativa para formar parte del Consejo de Mujeres y Niñas de Illinois. Al solicitar para ser parte de este importante grupo, las niñas tendrán la oportunidad de aprender cómo pueden influir en lograr la equidad de la mujer en Illinois a nivel gubernamental.

“Con tantas mujeres que poseen posiciones legislativas y en el gobierno como la alcaldesa de Chicago Lori Lightfoot, la vicegobernadora Julia Stratton, y la vicepresidenta de los Estados Unidos Kamala Harris, el poder de la voz de la mujer es más fuerte que nunca,” dijo Villanueva (D-Chicago). “Para entender la importancia de la voz de la mujer, este consejo es una oportunidad para que las jóvenes mujeres generen cambios positivos que tengan impacto en sus comunidades.”

Las mujeres seleccionadas servirán un periodo de un año, durante el cual participarán en juntas quincenales para planificar eventos y proyectos. A partir de diciembre de 2022, habrá juntas trimestrales con diferentes comités de Illinois.

El Consejo de Mujeres y Niñas de Illinois busca traer las voces de jóvenes mujeres a conversaciones importantes sobre políticas públicas. Las participantes tendrán la oportunidad de ofrecer recomendaciones sobre políticas públicas acerca de legislación que afecta las vidas de las mujeres y niñas en Illinois, temas críticos como cuidados de salud, academia y oportunidades económicas, así como violencia de género.

Las solicitudes están abiertas para jóvenes mujeres en los grados 9 al 12 y se terminan el 23 de octubre. Para más información y para solicitar dé clic aquí.

“Esta es una oportunidad perfecta para que los oficiales del gobierno escuchen las perspectivas de mujeres jóvenes decididas a hacer un cambio y ayudar a crear un mejor Illinois,” dijo Villanueva. “Me alegra que el Consejo de las Mujeres y las Niñas de Illinois continúa ofreciendo oportunidades a las jóvenes mujeres para que sus voces sean escuchadas mientras se asegura un mejor futuro para los residentes de Illinois.”

La oficina de la Senadora Villanueva está disponible para contestar preguntas, por favor llame al 847-718-1110 o visite si sitio de internet en .


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