Kathleen Willis

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Kathleen Willis
Kathleen Willis.jpg
Illinois House of Representatives District 77
In office
2013 - Present
Term ends
January 10, 2017
Years in position 2
Base salary$67,836/year
Per diem$111/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sElmhurst College, Elmhurst, 2000
Master'sUniversity of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, 2005
ProfessionFull-time legislator
Office website
Kathleen Willis is a Democratic member of the Illinois House of Representatives, representing District 77. She was first elected to the chamber in 2012.


Willis earned her bachelor's degree in Human Services Administration from Elmhurst College in 2000 and her master's degree in Library and Information Services from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana in 2005. Her professional experience includes working as coordinator of access services at Elmhurst College Library and a part-time teacher of children's and adolescent literature.[1]

Committee assignments

2015 legislative session

At the beginning of the 2015 legislative session, Willis served on the following committees:

Illinois Committee Assignments, 2015
Appropriations-Human Services
Cities & Villages, Vice chair
Elementary & Secondary Education School Curriculum Policies
Higher Education
Special Needs Services
State Government Administration
Substance Abuse


At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Willis served on the following committees:


Campaign themes


Willis's campaign website listed the following issues:[2]

  • Fighting for Jobs and Economic Development
Excerpt: "Until every person who is willing to work has a job, Kathleen will work to promote our region as a great place to do business and raise a family. She supports targeted tax incentives that reward job creation to help our economy working again."
  • Demanding Fiscal Responsibility
Excerpt: "To rein state spending and make government pay its bills, Kathleen Will work to reform the way Illinois’ budget is crafted and help cut waste and inefficiencies, forcing government to protect vital services and spend taxpayer dollars wisely."
  • Preventing Unfair Property Tax Increases
Excerpt: "Kathleen knows that homeowners shouldn’t pay higher property taxes when home values are falling. That’s why she will work to provide relief by pushing for a new law to freeze property taxes when home values decline."
  • Making Legislators Take a Pay Cut
Excerpt: "Helping to get Illinois back on the right track requires doing the right thing. At a time of economic challenges, Kathleen will not only make state legislators take a pay cut, she’ll make it harder for them to raise their pay in the future."



See also: Illinois House of Representatives elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Illinois House of Representatives took place in 2014. A primary election took place on March 18, 2014. The general election was held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was December 2, 2013. Incumbent Kathleen Willis defeated Antonio "Tony" Favela in the Democratic primary and was unchallenged in the general election.[3][4][5]


See also: Illinois House of Representatives elections, 2012

Willis won election in the 2012 election for Illinois House of Representatives District 77. Willis was unopposed in the March 20 Democratic primary, and defeated incumbent Angelo Saviano in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.[6][7][8]

Illinois House of Representatives, District 77, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngKathleen Willis 52.6% 13,708
     Republican Angelo Saviano Incumbent 47.4% 12,357
Total Votes 26,065

Campaign contributions

Comprehensive donor information for Willis is available dating back to 2012. Based on available campaign finance records, Willis raised a total of $569,100 during that time period. This information was last updated on July 23, 2013.[9]

Kathleen Willis's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Illinois State House, District 77 Won $569,100
Grand Total Raised $569,100


Willis won election to the Illinois House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Willis raised a total of $569,100.



In 2014, Willis' endorsements include the following:[10][11]

  • The Illinois Observer
  • Daily Herald


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In 2014, the Illinois State Legislature was in session from January 29 through June 2.[12]

Legislators are scored on their votes on bills that "impacted the social work profession and their clients."


In 2013, the Illinois State Legislature was in session from January 9 through May 31.[13]

Legislators are scored on their stances on conservative issues.


Willis and her husband, Tom, have four children. They reside in Addison, Il.[1]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Angelo Saviano (R)
Illinois House of Representatives District 77
Succeeded by