Gilbert Villegas Receives Endorsement from the Fraternal Order of Police in the 36th Ward Aldermanic Race
January 10, 2015 (CHICAGO, IL) — Candidate for the 36th Ward Aldermanic Seat, Gilbert Villegas, received the endorsement of the Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) Lodge 7 this week.
FOP Lodge 7 represents roughly 9,000 active Chicago Police Officers and thousands more Police retirees.
“I am humbled to have received this endorsement by the individuals who are on the front lines everyday in our city, this is truly an honor for me,” said Gilbert Villegas. “I made a commitment early on in this race to make public safety a top priority for the 36th Ward. This is not just rhetoric for me, just as I served my country, as Alderman I will be in the front lines with Chicago’s finest.”
U.S. Marine Villegas is a recognized small business leader in the 36th Ward and the City of Chicago. He has established innovative programs which increased small business participation along with launching on-the-job training initiatives. Villegas recently spearheaded the efforts behind the passage of two Illinois Senate Bills (SB 351 and SB 3249), ensuring that minority and women owned businesses have a principal opportunity to participate in state funded projects.
The new 36th Ward boundaries include Montclare, Galewood, Schorsch Village, Hermosa and Belmont-Cragin. Villegas is a long time resident of the Northwest side and lives in the Montclare neighborhood.
The Grand Lodge of the Fraternal Order of Police is a non-profit organization that was formed under the laws of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania on November 17, 1915. On January 7, 1963, the Grand Lodge granted a charter to FOP in Chicago establishing Lodge No. 7, as a subordinate lodge with full power under its jurisdiction for the City of Chicago.
For more information about Gilbert Villegas, or to request an interview, please contact Xavier Nogueras at 773-593-1345 or [email protected]