Linda Chapa LaVia represents the 83rd Representative District, which includes Aurora, Montgomery and North Aurora.
Linda was born and raised in Aurora and graduated from East Aurora High School. She was the first member of her family to complete college, earning her bachelor's degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago.
While in college, Linda honed her leadership skills as a cadet in ROTC, completing basic training in 1988 and serving as a commissioned officer in the U.S. Army until 1993. She continued her service in the National Guard until 1998 and is currently on Inactive Ready Reserve.
Linda brings her work ethic, energy and passion for community service to the job of State Representative. She is working to provide a voice in Springfield for all residents by working toward excellence in education, safer streets and quality healthcare for families and seniors.
Linda has long sought to promote economic development opportunities in her community. She has fought infrastructure improvement programs in the region and for budget reforms that force to state to live within its means, pay its bills and fund the pension systems, giving job-creating businesses the confidence to create and retain jobs in Illinois.
As a veteran, Linda is determined to make sure Illinois soldiers and her fellow veterans get the services and care they need. Linda has fought to protect needed funding for veterans' programs and she has supported new laws that hold the line on property taxes for veterans and make it easier for Illinois veterans to attend college.
Linda has been a fierce advocate for education in Illinois as the chair of the House Elementary and Secondary Education Committee, where she was the chief sponsor of landmark education reform that made it easier for schools to dismiss poorly performing teachers and made tenure contingent on satisfactory evaluation ratings. Linda has been a staunch advocate for improving education opportunities for all Illinois children. She has served on numerous task forces aimed at improving the lives of Illinois residents, including the Illinois Joining Forces Foundation, Commission for High School Graduation Achievement and Success, Enhance Physical Education Task Force, Teacher Recruiting and Retention Task Force, Task Force on Charter School Funding, and Young Adults Heroin Use Task Force.
Linda and her husband have two daughters.
Robert W. Pritchard is the Illinois State Representative for the 70th district, serving the residents in portions of DeKalb, Boone, and Kane Counties. Bob has been serving in the Illinois House since 2003.
Bob was born February 2, 1945, and grew up on a farm near Maple Park, Illinois on a diversified farm that including growing corn, soybeans, oats, alfalfa, dairy, beef, horses, and chickens. Farm life instilled a strong work ethic, responsibility and faith in God. He met is wife, Mary, at the University of Illinois and they married in 1968. She, an educator, is Associate Dean at Northern Illinois University. Bob, Mary and their family continue to operate the family farms, now in its 6th generation. Their sons, Matthew (Ro) and Gregory (Becky) have two children with a third on the way.
Bob majored in communications from the University of Illinois (Urbana-Champaign) earning both his bachelors and masters degree. Bob's passion for agriculture and his education in communication gave him the unique opportunity to enjoy working in both fields.
Beginning as a Radio and TV broadcaster for a regional station in Iowa, Bob delivered the news and weather reports. He broadened his communications skills working for two universities, operated the family farm for five years and then worked for over 23 years in public relations, marketing, community relation and industry affairs for DeKalb Genetics Corporation/ Monsanto. Prior to joining the legislature he served as Executive Director of the Illinois Agricultural Leadership Foundation.
Bob has always been an energetic and busy contributor to the communities of DeKalb County. He volunteered for the Ben Gordon Mental Health Board (where he served as president and treasurer); the DeKalb Chamber of Commerce Board; county, state and national 4-H Foundation (serving as state board president), national FFA Foundation Board, and the national Agricultural Relations Council (where he served as president). Pritchard was elected to the Hinckley-Big Rock Board of Education, DeKalb County Farm Bureau Board and DeKalb County Board where he served as chairman.
Bob has diligently worked for the betterment of the district on a wide gamut of issues from early childhood and education, healthcare, conservation and the environment, job creation, and protecting the manufacturing industry. The values of hard work, dedication and persistence that were instilled in Bob from his earliest years are reflected in his philosophy of representing his constituents. He listens, studies the issues and works for the best interests of his district and the citizens of Illinois.