Kathleen Willis is serving her fifth term in the Illinois General Assembly as State Representative of the 77th District, which includes O'Hare Airport and portions of Addison, Bellwood, Bensenville, Franklin Park, Maywood, Melrose Park, Northlake, Stone Park, and Wood Dale. Representative Willis now serves as leadership in the Illinois General Assembly as House Majority Conference Chair.
As a full-time state representative, Kathleen's top priorities are to improve access to quality education, human services, prevent unfair property tax increases on local families, make our neighborhoods safer by keeping deadly assault weapons off our streets and out of the hands of criminals, and work to get Illinois' state government and economy back on the right track. Representative Willis was the primary sponsor and instrumental in passing the Red Flag law, which is a gun violence prevention law that permits police or family members to petition a state court to order the temporary removal of firearms from a person who may present a danger to others or themselves.
Prior to her election as state representative, Kathleen worked as coordinator of access services at Elmhurst College Library and a part-time teacher of children's and adolescent literature.
Kathleen has always been an active member of her community. A mother of four, she served three terms as a member of the Addison Elementary District 4 school board, volunteering her time without pay to help give local children a better education. As a member of the American Association of University Women, she helped to found and organize the "Dare to Dream" program, mentoring young Hispanic girls and their mothers to make good choices to promote education and combat truancy. She has also served as vice president of the Kiwanis Club, chair of the Addison Special Events Commission and she helped organize the Mayor's Community Charity Ball.
Kathleen has a bachelor's degree in Human Services Administration from Elmhurst College and a master's degree in Library and Information Services from the University of Illinois. She and her husband, Tom, reside in Addison.