Kane County Board member Barbara Hernandez has been chosen to fill the shoes of Linda Chapa Lavia, who was recently appointed to lead the Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs.
Hernandez announced the appointment in a Facebook post on Friday (March 8, 2019).
“Yesterday, I had the honor to be sworn in by Judge Michael Noland as state representative of the 83rd District. I never imagined a daughter of first generation immigrants could have made it this far.
“Please feel free to follow my new page: https://m.facebook.com/
Hernandez previously served as representative of Kane County Board District 8, which includes parts of Aurora and Montgomery. A County Board for District 8 replacement has not yet been announced.
According to her Kane County Board bio, Hernandez was born and raised in Aurora, IL. She graduated from East Aurora High school in 2010, Waubonsee Community College in 2012 and from Aurora University in 2014.
She has a bachelor’s degree in political science and a minor in Spanish. Hernandez is the first in her family to attend college.
She has been actively involved in the community. Barbara started her passion for politics when she interned for Chapa LaVia’s office.
At age 19, Hernandez was elected precinct committee member for Ward 3, Precinct 5. On March of 2014 she was appointed to two commissions — one in Aurora Township and the second in the city of Aurora. In the summer of 2016, she became a member of the Board of Directors for the YWCA Aurora.
SOURCE: Facebook, Kane County website