ILLINOIS LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR
|Evelyn is proud to serve the residents of the State of Illinois as their 47th Lieutenant Governor. She is a wife, working mother of three and an attorney by trade. She was formerly an adjunct professor of law and a Wheaton City Councilwoman.
Evelyn was born to teenage parents in Hialeah, a neighborhood outside of Miami, FL. Her mother was a Cuban refugee and her father, an Ecuadorian immigrant. Evelyn recalls moving frequently as a child because her parents were unable to afford rent. While they were of little means, her parents were determined to give Evelyn every opportunity to succeed.
Growing up, Evelyn developed a love for the arts. She learned how to play the piano at a local community center and was accepted into The New World School of the Arts in Miami, FL. Evelyn not only became an accomplished pianist, she cultivated a love for learning. This educational opportunity allowed her to pursue a college education at Florida International University.
Following graduation, Evelyn moved to Chicago to attend The John Marshall Law School where she developed an understanding and passion for the law and for Illinois. Evelyn soon joined Illinois Attorney General Jim Ryan’s office as an Assistant Attorney General where she fought to protect the people of the State of Illinois.
In 2010, Evelyn suffered an accident while walking on Wheaton city property. Subsequent medical examinations revealed that she has Multiple Sclerosis. Evelyn vowed to never let her MS stop her. She proceeded to run for, and win, an election to the Wheaton City Council on a platform of delivering efficient, streamlined government.
As Lt. Governor of Illinois, Evelyn is committed to fighting for all Illinois residents. She will apply the same passion to her new role that has propelled her throughout her life, from humble beginnings in Hialeah, FL to becoming Illinois’ first Latina Lieutenant Governor.
HONORABLE MARTIN A. SANDOVAL
Senator Martin A. Sandoval is a respected leader in Illinois, a prominent policymaker and is considered one of the nations leading progressive voices. He is first generation Mexican-American born of proud immigrant parents from Guanajuato and Michoacán, Mexico.
Prior to his public career he was a community leader advocating for parks and schools that would later serve the fast-growing Mexican community in Chicago. In 1997 Sandoval was the force in securing $23M to develop Chicago’s first school-park campus, namely Socorro L. Sandoval Elementary, named after his late sister Socorro Sandoval, a schoolteacher that taught at a Chicago Public School who later died in a tragic car accident.
Senator Sandoval has more than 30 years of leadership experience at the highest levels of state, county and federal government. His service includes appointments to the U.S. Department of Defense, U.S. Department of Veteran’s Affairs, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in Washington D.C. and Chicago. He is currently serving his fifth term as State Senator. Senator Sandoval is the first Latino and current Chairman of the Transportation Committee in the Senate. As a freshman senator he was the first Latino appointed Chairman of the Commerce and Economic Development Committee.
He is a major voice in transportation and school construction investment. In 2009 he crafted Illinois’ Capital Investment Program: $14.3B for roads and bridges, $7B for high-speed rail, $3.6B for elementary school construction and $1.5B for universities.
Sandoval’s core beliefs are rooted in the community. He visits schools throughout the year to motivate youth, and attends LSC and parent meetings to share education policies.
He continues to provide much needed resources to the 11th Senate District, which includes the neighborhoods of Brighton Park, Clearing, Gage Park, Little Village, West Lawn, and the West Cook municipalities of Bedford Park, Burbank, Cicero, Forest View, Lyons, McCook, Stickney, Summit and Riverside.
Senator Sandoval resides in the Chicago Southwest Side neighborhood of Gage Park with his wife Marina, their twins Martin Jr. and Angie and their daughter Jenny.
Sandoval was born in Chicago (1964) and is a graduate of Quigley Preparatory Seminary South High School (1982) and went on to continue his studies at Loyola University in Chicago (1986) where he earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology.