imagesCHICAGO - State Senators Celina Villanueva secured over $551,000 for the Hispanic American Construction Association, under the Illinois Works Pre-Apprenticeship programs.  

“Garnering funding to ensure equitable participation for constituents in the construction industry, while also promoting the growth, quality of work, professionalism and integrity of these individuals is something that is necessary in advancing the job force for women and minorities,” said Villanueva (D-Chicago). “We must make sure residents in underserved communities are getting the necessary resources they need to become successful in the workforce as we continue to fight for a more equitable state.”

Villanueva continues to push for equitable workforce opportunities for residents in their districts, as many Illinois residents are still bouncing back from the pandemic that left thousands without jobs and limited resources. Many people today are still seeking safe and secure workforce opportunities that will allow them to live a sustainable life, while acquiring free training to be successful in the field. 

According to a 2022 survey by Zippia, only 35 % of construction workers in the U.S. were Black or Latino while 58.7% of construction workers were white. In the state of Illinois, equitable workforce opportunities remains a priority. This funding will help combat this issue by intentionally providing misrepresented communities in Illinois with more accessible resources that will lead to more individuals becoming qualified to work in the construction industry, free of charge. 

Over $550,000 will be sent to St. Augustine to stabilize the workforce. Information on the Illinois Works Pre-Apprenticeship Program can be found here.

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Villanueva Floor Smile 2023 2CHICAGO – State Senator Celina Villanueva was elected as co-chair of the Illinois Legislative Latino Caucus. Founded in 2002, the Latino Caucus is designed to ensure equitable representation in the General Assembly and promote legislative action addressing the needs and concerns of Latino/x residents in Illinois.

“As the new co-chair of the Illinois Legislative Latino Caucus, I plan to continue the 21 years of service, scholarship, leadership and public policy that the caucus has exhibited in order to advance the Latino/x community forward in Illinois,” said Villanueva (D-Chicago). 

Villanueva, who was recently sworn in for her third term as a State Senator, is thrilled to step into her new role as co-chair of the Latino Caucus alongside State Representative Dagmara Avelar. As there is one chair in the Senate and House, Avelar is the House chair, while Villanueva serves as the Senate chair.

Villanueva has been a member of the Latino Caucus since 2018 when she was appointed to the House. She has diligently used her legislative platform to ensure equitable opportunities for Latino/x communities in Illinois by making it her life’s mission to ensure that they are present at the decision-making table and have proper representation on the government level.

“Being given the opportunity to not only bring forth change for residents of the 12th District, but for all Latino/x residents of Illinois, is a responsibility as a leader I hold with great pride and honor,” Villanueva said. “I am glad that the work I am doing is becoming instrumental for a better tomorrow for Latino/x communities across Illinois.”

Villanueva strives to keep constituents updated with helpful information and resources, and encourages people to reach out to her office at 773-565-4661 or with questions and concerns.


CHICAGO - La Senadora estatal Celina Villanueva fue elegida como copresidenta del Caucus Latino de Illinois. Fundado en 2002, el Caucus Latino está diseñado para garantizar una representación equitativa en la Asamblea General y promover las acciones legislativas que respondan a las necesidades y preocupaciones de los residentes latinos de Illinois.

“Como la nueva co-presidenta del Caucus Legislativo Latino de Illinois, mi plan es continuar con los 21 años de servicio, estudios, liderazgo y política pública que el Caucus ha demostrado para el progreso de la comunidad latina en Illinois”, dijo Villanueva (D-Chicago).

Villanueva, quien recientemente prestó juramento para su tercer término como Senadora Estatal, está entusiasmada de  asumir su nuevo cargo como copresidenta del Caucus Latino junto a la Representante Estatal Dagmara Avelar. Debido a que hay una presidencia en el Senado y en la Cámara, Avelar es la presidenta titular en la Cámara, mientras que Villanueva es la titular en el Senado.

Villanueva ha sido miembro del Caucus Latino desde 2018, cuando fue nombrada en la Cámara de Representantes. Ha empleado eficazmente su plataforma  legislativa en el Senado y la Cámara de Representantes para garantizar que haya oportunidades equitativas para la comunidad latina de Illinois, haciendo que su misión sea garantizar que esté presente en la mesa de toma de decisiones y que tenga una representación adecuada a nivel gubernamental.

“Como líder, tener la oportunidad no solo de traer el cambio para los residentes del Distrito 12, sino para todos los residentes latinos de Illinois, es una responsabilidad que tengo  con gran orgullo y honor”, agregó Villanueva. “Me complace que el trabajo que estoy haciendo sea fundamental para un mejor futuro para las comunidades latinas en todo Illinois”.

Villanueva hace todo lo posible por mantener al día a los electores con información y recursos útiles y les invita a ponerse en contacto con su oficina al  773-565-4661  o en para responder sus preguntas y dudas.


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Villanueva InaugSPRINGFIELD – Providing asylum seekers, students and residents of her community with proper resources that will allow them affordable housing, equity in health care and education, and a fair chance at succeeding in life, remain top priorities for State Senator Celina Villanueva (D-Chicago).

Villanueva, who was sworn in to the Senate Wednesday, is excited to continue fighting for issues that affect members of her communities on the southwest side of Chicago.

“Receiving the honor of being the voice and leader for residents in the 12th District is something I hold with pride and honor,” Villanueva said. “People have put their trust in me to bring forth change on a legislative platform and it is my responsibility to not let them down.”

Villanueva was elected to the Illinois State Senate in 2020 and successfully won reelection in 2022. The 12th Legislative District encompasses communities on the southwest side of Chicago.

“The fight for equity in the state is not an easy task, but it is something I am diligently dedicated to,” Villanueva said. “I am glad that I work with legislators and government officials in Springfield that allow me to come up with viable solutions to combat these challenges on an economic and social level.”

Villanueva strives to keep constituents updated with helpful information and resources, and encourages people to reach out to his office at 773-565-4661 or with questions and concerns.



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120122CM0395 VillanuevaSPRINGFIELD – State Senator Celina Villanueva advanced legislation from the Illinois Senate on Thursday that would allow every person in the care of the Department of Corrections to receive underwear and menstrual products free of charge.

“While women in the Illinois Department of Corrections are provided with some free feminine hygiene products, incarcerated women consistently state that the sanitary napkins and feminine hygiene products provided by the State are inconsistently provided or insufficient to meet their needs,” said Villanueva (D-Chicago). “As a woman myself, I cannot imagine having limited access to feminine hygiene products that are a necessity to my everyday life. These women are no different and deserve to have proper healthcare resources regardless of their incarceration.”

House Bill 4218 addresses the lack of equal healthcare, basic hygiene and gender disparities in IDOC facilities. The measure would make these products available for all men, women and non-binary individuals under IDOC vailable free of charge.

According to the ACLU, hygiene products for those who are incarcerated are extremely limited. Throughout the U.S., prisoners and detainees earn low or no wages and struggle to afford menstrual products from in-facility commissaries.

“Individuals who have money in their commissary accounts may be able to buy additional hygiene supplies,” said Villanueva. “However, women who do not have outside monetary support from family can experience unconscionable humiliation and extreme discomfort during menstruation without adequate feminine hygiene products.”

House Bill 4218 has passed in both chambers and awaits the governor’s signature before becoming a law.


SPRINGFIELD – La Senadora Estatal Celina Villanueva avanzó una legislación en el Senado de Illinois el jueves que permitirá que todas las personas que estén bajo los cuidados del Departamento de Correccionales reciban ropa interior y productos menstruales gratuitos.

“A pesar de que las mujeres que están en el Departamento de Correccionales de Illinois reciben algunos productos de higiene femenina, las mujeres encarceladas afirman que las toallas sanitarias y otros productos de higiene femenina provistos por el Estado no se otorgan con la consistencia ni suficiencia que cubran las necesidades,” dijo Villanueva (D-Chicago). “Yo misma como mujer, no puedo imaginar tener acceso limitado a estoy productos que son una necesidad en la vida cotidiana. Estas mujeres no son diferentes y merecen tener a su alcance los recursos para el cuidado de su salud, independientemente de estar encarceladas.”

La iniciativa HB 4218 atiende la falta de equidad en los cuidados a la salud, higiene básica disparidades de género en las instalaciones de IDOC. La medida hará que estos productos estén disponibles de forma gratuita para todos los hombres, mujeres e individuos no-binarios que se encuentren bajo la supervisión de IDOC. 

De acuerdo con ACLU, los productos de cuidado de higiene para quienes están encarcelados son muy limitados. En Estados Unidos, los prisioneros y detenidos no reciben ingresos o son muy bajos y batallan para pagar productos menstruales en las instalaciones en las comisarías.

“Las personas que tienen dinero en las cuentas de las comisarías pueden tener la capacidad de comprar suministros adicionales para la higiene,” dijo Villanueva. “no obstante, las mujeres que no reciben apoyo económico del exterior de parte de su familia pueden sufrir de una tremenda humillación e incomodidad extrema durante su menstruación si no cuentan con productos de higiene femenina adecuados.”

La iniciativa HB 4218 fue aprobada por las dos cámaras legislativas y está en espera de ser firmada por el gobernador para convertirse en ley.


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