Tanya Patiño is a lifelong resident of Archer Heights and 28-year-old Civil Engineer. She graduated with a degree in Civil Engineering from the top-ranked program at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where she made the Dean’s List. While a student, Tanya was a board member for the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) where she fought for minority equity in STEM programming at the university. While at UIUC, she was also the President of a women empowerment organization, Hermandad de Sigma Iota Alpha. In that role, Tanya trained women in self-defense against domestic violence and sexual assault. Tanya is an alumnus of Walter Payton College Prep and attended Seward Elementary. This is her first time running for political office. During the primary election to defeat 27-year incumbent State Representative Dan Burke, the brother of Alderman Ed Burke, she worked every day as an area coordinator, carried out a GOTV operation and delivered key victories in priority 14th Ward precincts.

“As the daughter of Mexican immigrants from Guanajuato and Zacatecas, I understand the issues in our community. Since I was a child I attended marches with my family to demand action to protect immigrants. In my free time, I participate as a volunteer youth soccer coach. It was while I was coaching that I had a pivotal experience that changed my life and my perspective on serving my community. While I was coaching a team of 5 year-olds at a park, a shooting erupted 20 feet from the pitch. My kids were confused and some ran towards their parents. I had to physically throw kids on the ground to dodge the bullets. Luckily nobody was hurt, but I constantly reflect on that moment, I remember the face of the young man shooting and the helpless faces of bystanders; both the faces of powerlessness. This is when I knew I had to do more –the children in our communities deserve better.”

Tanya is running a grassroots campaign to be a progressive voice in the city council to fight for and be an advocate for working families.

I am running to bring much-needed honesty, transparency, accountability and progressive values to the 14th Ward. I will be an Alderman, accessible to constituents, providing first-rate city services to all residents, and fighting for a better quality of life in our community, not millionaires and billionaires.