Meet the candidates: City Council, 36th Ward

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Christopher M. Vittorio

Website: http://www.chrisvittoriofor36.com/

Christopher M. Vittorio grew up in the 36th Ward before going to Columbia College and the Cooking & Hospitality Institute of Chicago. He is currently the owner and operator of Spin Productions and he wants to use his experience and vision to pioneer new business. If elected alderman, Vittorio aims to improve city services, deal with debt and pension issues, and provide support to local public schools.

 

Omar Aquino

Website: http://omaraquino.com/

Omar Aquino grew up in Chicago and graduated from Loyola University Chicago with a criminal justice degree. Aquino previously worked in the Illinois House of Representatives as a legislative aide and worked with Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth on unemployment, minimum wage, immigration, education, senior advocacy, economic development and veteran issues as outreach coordinator. If elected alderman, Aquino aims to improve economic development, aid public schools, and reduce crime.

 

Gilbert Villegas

Website: http://www.gilbert2015.com/

Gilbert Villegas is a U.S. Marine and was honorably discharged after serving in Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm for four years. Villegas was previously the chief of staff at the Illinois Capital Development Board, where he oversaw the construction of new state facilities, colleges and university classroom buildings, mental health hospitals and state parks. Villegas’ vision includes being tough on crime, but also giving people opportunities to help fulfill their potential.

 

Alonso Zaragoza

Website: http://www.alonsozaragoza.com/

Alonso Zaragoza earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting from UIC and a master’s degree in library and information science from Dominican University before working as a reference librarian. Zaragoza has worked with many local community groups focused on improving the lives of children, and with citywide groups focused on reducing violence against young people. He aims to decrease property taxes, fight the unequal distribution of tax dollars, and rebuild streets and business community.

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