Billy Ocasio

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Billy Ocasio
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City of Chicago Alderman
from the 26th Ward
In office
1994 (1994)–2009 (2009)
Preceded byLuis Gutiérrez
Succeeded byRoberto Maldonado
Personal details
Political partyDemocratic
ResidenceHumboldt Park, Chicago, Illinois
Alma materUniversity of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Billy Ocasio is a former senior advisor to Illinois Governor Pat Quinn appointed to work on social justice issues. He began his appointment on June 1, 2009[1] after it had been announced on May 12, 2009.[2][3]

Prior to his appointment, Ocasio served as the 26th Ward alderman in the Chicago City Council.

Early life[edit]

Ocasio is a lifelong resident of Humboldt Park where he attended Von Humboldt Elementary School and Roberto Clemente Community Academy.

Aldermanic career[edit]

Ocasio was appointed alderman in 1993 by Mayor Richard M. Daley to fill the unexpired term of Luis Gutierrez, who was elected congressman.

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.

Personal life[edit]

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.

He attended the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and is a member of Iota Phi Theta fraternity.

External links[edit]


  1. ^ "Temporary Leader for 26th Ward Office". City Room. Chicago Public Radio. June 1, 2009. Retrieved June 1, 2009.[permanent dead link]
  2. ^ Spielman, Fran; McKinney, Dave (May 12, 2009). "Alderman Ocasio to work for Gov. Quinn". Chicago Sun-Times. Archived from the original on May 25, 2009. Retrieved May 17, 2009.
  3. ^ Yue, Lorene (May 12, 2009). "Quinn appoints Ald. Ocasio as adviser". Crain's Chicago Business. Retrieved May 17, 2009.