June 17, 2021 Confab Special Guests

Karina Villa
25th District Illinois State Senator

Born and raised in West Chicago, Illinois, Senator Karina Villa is a lifelong resident of Illinois’ 25th district. She was elected to the Illinois Senate on November 6, 2020, and is a passionate advocate for students and families with a strong record of service to the community.

Senator Villa is the first Latina to represent the 25th District. Prior to being elected to the Illinois House of Representatives, Villa served as Vice President of the West Chicago District 33 Board of Education where she worked to maintain a balanced budget for the school district, while negotiating equitable teacher contracts and providing increased services to students. When Karina was elected to the Illinois House of Representatives in 2018 she used her social work background, leadership, and life experience to ensure effective representation in the 49th District.

Will Guzzardi
39th District Illinois State Representative

Will Guzzardi represents the 39th District in the Illinois House, serving the Logan Square, Portage Park, Belmont Cragin, Hermosa, and Avondale neighborhoods of Chicago. Currently in his fourth term, Guzzardi is the chair of the House Prescription Drug Affordability committee and of the Housing committee. He is also a founding co-chair of the Illinois House Progressive Caucus.

Guzzardi has championed issues of pressing importance to working people and those in need. He has advanced measures to end workplace discrimination; lower the cost of prescription drugs; make college affordable for every student; and curb abuses by the debt collection industry. Raised in North Carolina, Guzzardi graduated from Brown University with a bachelor’s degree in comparative literature in 2009. Prior to joining the General Assembly, he was an editor for Huffington Post Chicago and the head writer for admissions at the University of Chicago.