Karina's Story

Born and raised in West Chicago, Illinois, Karina Villa is a lifelong resident of Illinois’ 25th senate district. On November 6, 2018, she was elected to the Illinois House of Representatives for the 49th district. Throughout the 101st General Assembly, Karina has repeatedly demonstrated her passion as an advocate for students and families furthering her strong record of service to the community.

Karina earned a master’s degree in social work from Aurora University. She became a school social worker and has worked in the West Chicago and Villa Park school systems. Karina has strong family ties. She and her brother are children of immigrant parents who are small business owners in the community. The family grocery store was a place for people to get assistance, advice, and job referrals. It was there that she learned social responsibility and hard work are integral to any undertaking.

Prior to being elected to the Illinois House of Representatives, Villa served on the West Chicago District 33 Board of Education since 2013. As the school board vice president, Villa’s knowledge and leadership led to improved programming in the schools, including full-day kindergarten and dual-language programming. She worked with the board to maintain a balanced budget for the school district, while negotiating equitable teacher contracts and providing increased services to students.

 Karina uses her professional background, leadership, and life experience to collaborate through compassionate conversation. She is committed to listening to the voices of her constituents and ensuring effective representation. She prides herself on the ability to find commonality and understanding with those having different points of view and strives to build relationships upon that commonality.