CHICAGO – May 12, 2009. Governor Pat Quinn announced Alderman Billy Ocasio would join his administration as a senior advisor. In his new position Ocasio will work closely with Governor Quinn on an array of important social justice issues that impact communities throughout the state.
“I look forward to working with Billy Ocasio,” said Governor Quinn. “All of Illinois will be well-served by his valuable experience in public policy and deep dedication to helping working families.”
Alderman Ocasio has served Chicago’s 26th Ward for over 15 years. Located on the city’s near-northwest side, his ward is home to a mix of neighborhoods including Humboldt Park, Logan Square, Smith Park and the industrial corridor of West Town. Alderman Ocasio also serves as the chairman of the Chicago City Council Committee on Human Relations.
In January 1993, Alderman Ocasio was appointed by Mayor Richard M. Daley to complete the unexpired term of Luis V. Gutierrez, who was elected to Congress that previous fall. Prior to that appointment, Alderman Ocasio worked at various non-profit, community-based agencies in the fields of education, affordable housing, youth programs, and economic development. (See attached fact sheet for additional background information.
“I welcome the opportunity to join Governor Quinn’s Administration,” said Alderman Ocasio. “He is dedicated to opening up Illinois government to all the people and I am happy to join him in that reform effort.”
Alderman Ocasio is expected to join the Governor’s staff in June.
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