Chicago, 36th Ward Alderman (2015-)
Gilbert Villegas won election to the 36th Ward after a remap put incumbent Nicholas Sposato into the 38th. Villegas grew up on the North Side of Chicago and now lives in Montclare. A former Marine who served in Desert Shield/Desert Storm, he was honorably discharged after serving four years. More recently, Villegas worked in Illinois government, including at the Illinois Capital Development Board, the Illinois Department of Transportation (where he helped manage a campaign for Comm. Stanley Moore, and later worked as a lobbyist for the Hispanic American Construction Industry Association.
Although Villegas was endorsed by and worked closely with Jesus Garcia’s Mayoral campaign during the runoff, he has not joined the Progressive Caucus. Villegas’ campaign also received support from Ald. Sposato, State Rep. Luis Arroyo, his son, Cook County Commissioner Luis Arroyo, Jr., and Cong. Luis Gutierrez. He is co-founder of StrataGem, a government relations and business development services consulting group.
In 2016 Villegas founded the City Council Veterans Caucus, and serves as its chair.
Current Chicago City Council Committees:
- Committee on Aviation
- Committee on Committees, Rules and Ethics
- Committee on Economic, Capital and Technology Development
- Committee on Health and Environmental Protection
- Committee on Pedestrian and Traffic Safety
- Committee Transportation and Public Way