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Andrade Vows to Protect Education Funding, Fight Crime in First Full Term

Jan 14, 2015

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - State Rep. Jaime Andrade, D-Chicago, was sworn in to the Illinois House of Representatives on Wednesday, marking the beginning of his first full two-year term in Springfield.

Andrade is a community leader and a lifelong resident of the northwest side of Chicago. In the community, he has taken an active role in service and worked closely with many organizations and civic associations, including the North River Commission, Albany Park Neighborhood Council, Keep Chicago Renting Coalition, and more, to strengthen the community and empower those who live there.

Much of Andrade’s efforts prior to taking office have had a focus on economic development and stability. With the Keep Chicago Renting coalition, Andrade worked to ensure that tenants were guaranteed basic rights in the rental process, particularly during the financial crisis and increase in foreclosures. He has also been a crucial part of the Irving Park-Albany Park Special Service Area, which has provided small businesses with assistance in storefront maintenance and security personnel, both cultivating the local economy and making the neighborhood safer. Andrade has seen firsthand the positive effects of these efforts on the neighborhood, and will bring this focus to Springfield, where he will continue to fight to support hard-working families on the northwest side of Chicago.

“I look forward to working with community leaders and my fellow legislators to find creative solutions to the problems that Illinois faces today,” said Andrade. “I am honored to have the opportunity to represent my neighbors in the upcoming General Assembly, and I will continue to face the challenges of our state head on. I will fight for what matters to us—keeping our streets safe, our schools funded, and our neighborhoods strong.”

As the father of two young children, education is a top priority for Andrade. He served as a founding board member of the Cardinal Bernardin Early Childhood Center, and is committed to ensuring that schools and students come first. Andrade has vowed to bring fiscal responsibility to Springfield, and review the state budget line by line, to protect education funding and ensure that the needs of schools are being met, while at the same time maintaining a balance in keeping property taxes low.

“As families throughout Illinois continue to do more with less, it’s critical that our state legislature does the same,” said Andrade. “Taking the oath of office was just the beginning—there is plenty work to be done in Springfield to create financial stability and preserve the essential services we need to grow and flourish as a community, and I’m grateful to have the chance to serve the 40th District.”

Andrade plans to host community resource events throughout the district, to give constituents an opportunity to take advantage of state programs and to assist residents with state agencies. Andrade will also host advisory committees, town hall meetings, and regular community events to continue an open dialogue on legislative ideas and strengthening the community.

For more information on legislation, community events, or assistance with state issues, please contact Rep. Andrade’s full-time constituent service office at 773-267-2880 or e-mail