Billy Ocasio is a senior advisor to Illinois Governor Pat Quinn appointed to work on social justice issues. He began his appointment on June 1, 2009 after it had been announced on May 12, 2009.
Ocasio is a lifelong resident of Humboldt Park where he attended Von Humboldt Elementary School and Roberto Clemente Community Academy.
As alderman, Ocasio fought for the construction of the new Ames School; helped bring a YMCA to the 26th ward; and worked for the construction of the Humboldt Park Public Library. Ocasio also led a $16 million rehab for Humboldt Park which included renovating the boat house and lagoon.
Ocasio was Chairman of the Human Relations Committee. Additionally, he served on five other committees: Budget and Government Operations; Education; Energy, Environmental Protection, and Public Utilities; Finance; and Housing and Real Estate.
Cook County Commissioner and 26th Ward Committeeman Roberto Maldonado was tapped to replace Ocasio in the Chicago City Council in 2009.
Alderman Ocasio and his family (Veronica Ocasio, Ismael Sanchez, Gabriel Ocasio, Antonio Ocasio, and Milo Sanchez (dog).)
The family attends church at New Life Covenant Ministries in Chicago.
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