Gilbert Villegas
Member of the Chicago City Council
from the 36th ward
Assumed office
May 18, 2015
Preceded byNicholas Sposato (redistricted)
Personal details
Born (1970-10-26) October 26, 1970 (age 51)
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
EducationNortheastern Illinois University (BA)
Military service
Allegiance United States
Branch/service United States Marine Corps
Unit2nd Light Antiaircraft Missile Battalion
Battles/warsGulf War

Gilbert Villegas (born in Chicago on October 26, 1970)[1][2] is an American politician serving as a member of the Chicago City Council from the 36th ward. The 36th ward includes Belmont-Cragin, Galewood, Hermosa, Humboldt Park, Montclare and Portage Park. [3] Prior to his election to the Chicago City Council, he served as chief of staff of the Illinois Capital Development Board.[4]

He was first official candidate to announce his bid for IL 3rd Congressional district, seat which has no incumbent.[5]

Political Career

Chicago City Council

In 2015, Villegas was elected as the 36th ward alderman. He was reelected in 2019. He is a member of the following committees; Aviation, Committees, Rules and Ethics, Economic, Capital and Technology Development, Health and Environmental Protection, Pedestrian and Traffic Safety, and Transportation and Public Way.[6] He is also a member of the Chicago City Council Latino Caucus.[7]

In the runoff of the 2019 Chicago mayoral election, Villegas endorsed Lori Lightfoot.[8] During her transition, Lightfoot named Villegas to be her floor leader in the City Council as well as the economic development committee chair.[9]

2022 Congressional Election

Main article: 2022 United States House of Representatives elections in Illinois § District 3

In November 2021, Villegas declared his candidacy for Illinois's 3rd congressional district in the 2022 election.[10]


  1. ^ "Illinois' newest Latino congressional district brings heavy competition, divided Democratic visions". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 2022-05-10.
  2. ^ "Endorsement: Gilbert Villegas". New Politics. Retrieved 2022-05-10.
  3. ^ "Ward Maps" (PDF). Chicago Board of Elections. 2012-09-21. Retrieved 2016-03-14.
  4. ^ "Gilbert Villegas Jr appointed by IL Gov. Quinn to Chief of Staff for IL Capital Development Board". Hispanic Professional Network. 2011-04-07. Retrieved 2016-03-14.
  5. ^ "First candidate emerges in new congressional district". Crain's Chicago Business. 2021-11-10. Retrieved 2022-05-10.
  6. ^ "Legistar Profile – Gilbert Villegas". City Clerk of Chicago. 2016-03-14. Retrieved 2016-03-14.
  7. ^ Bertagnoli, Lisa (2015-11-06). "The Latino Caucus Foundation's first gala". Crain's Chicago Business. Retrieved 2016-03-14.
  8. ^ "Blacks grow divided in mayoral race". Chicago Crusader. March 21, 2019. Archived from the original on March 24, 2019. Retrieved March 24, 2019.
  9. ^ Spielman, Fran (17 May 2019). "Lightfoot shakes up the City Council". Chicago Sun-Times. Retrieved 2 February 2020.
  10. ^ Sweet, Lynn (2021-11-09). "Ald. Gilbert Villegas launches congressional bid in new heavily Hispanic district in Illinois". Chicago Sun-Times. Retrieved 2022-01-05.