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Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Candidate Spotlight: Camille Lilly for State Representative 78th District

Camille Lilly
Illinois House, 78th District (Incumbent)
Years served: April 2010 – Present

Despite becoming a state representative just two years ago, Rep. Camille Lilly quickly became a leader on issues dear to Planned Parenthood. Early in her legislative service, Lilly asked to visit the Planned Parenthood health center in her district because she wanted to learn about and understand the health care needs of the women in her community. During that meeting she expressed deep concerns about the ability of her constituents to access affordable health care. Lilly’s commitment to good health at all stages of life is demonstrated through her sponsorship of HB 3027 which will set medically accurate and age appropriate standards for sex education in public schools. 

Rep. Lilly is 100% pro-choice and he has been endorsed by Planned Parenthood Illinois Action.

Issues: Health Care, Public Safety, Education, and Jobs

Biography: State Rep. Camille Y. Lilly, a lifelong resident of Chicago's Greater Westside, is known for her dedication and commitment to the residents of the Austin and Garfield communities and the surrounding western suburbs. Over the past 20 years, she has established herself as an active voice for improving health care, protecting our neighborhoods, creating stronger schools and creating jobs.

As the founder and former executive director of the Austin Chamber of Commerce, Lilly has built strong working relationships with the local park district, 15th District Police Department, area schools and newspapers, community leaders and agencies. She will use her business experience to continue fostering job creation and economic development in the region.

As State Representative, Lilly is committed to being an open and accessible advocate for all residents of the 78th District. She is committed to working to address the needs and concerns of the area by fighting for educational assistance for families and students, boosting job creation and business development, making health care more affordable and accessible, and expanding mental health services at the community level.

Lilly will continue to meet with constituents to seek solutions to these and other issues facing the community. Rep. Lilly has received many awards for her leadership in the community, including the 1997 Mary Alice Henry Award from the Westside Health Authority for exceptional commitment and creativity in addressing the human needs of citizens on the Westside. Ald. Ed H. Smith, the Northwest Austin Council, and the Chicago Police Department's 15th District CAPS program, the Austin Youth League, Westside Holistic Family Services, the 37th Ward and the NAACP have also recognized Rep. Lilly for her advocacy.

Rep. Lilly received her Bachelor of Science in Management/Marketing from Drake University in Des Moines, IA, and her Master of Hospital Administration from Oklahoma University. She is currently working on her Executive MBA from Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management. Lilly is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, and Delta Sigma Pi, Professional Business Organization. One of her mottos: "what you put into something is what you get out of it", represents the standard of her work.

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