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Evelyn Sanguinetti
Evelyn Sanguinetti 2015.jpg
47th Lieutenant Governor of Illinois
In office
January 12, 2015 – January 14, 2019
Governor Bruce Rauner
Preceded by Sheila Simon
Succeeded by Juliana Stratton
Personal details
Born (1970-11-12) November 12, 1970 (age 48)
Hialeah, Florida, U.S.
Political party Republican
Spouse(s)Raymond Sanguinetti
Education Florida International University ( BM)
John Marshall Law School,
( JD)

Evelyn Sanguinetti (born November 12, 1970) is an American lawyer and politician, who served as the 47th lieutenant governor of Illinois from 2015 to 2019. [1] She previously served on the Wheaton City Council. [2] [3]


Sanguinetti was born in Hialeah, Florida (near Miami) to a Cuban mother and Ecuadorian father. [4] Sanguinetti's mother was a refugee from Cuba that was able to escape Cuba by way of Puerto Rico in the early 1960s before settling in the United States. Sanguinetti's father immigrated to south Florida in 1966 with his mother and brothers and ultimately settled in Hialeah. Sanguinetti's mother and father married in 1970, and Sanguinetti was born on November 12, 1970 when her mother was only 15. [5] On her election Sanguinetti became the first Hispanic lieutenant governor of Illinois. [1]

Early life and education

Growing up in extreme poverty, Sanguinetti relied on government assistance for food and housing. Her first language was Spanish. [1] Sanguinetti struggled in school, but ultimately found her footing in music through the piano. Sanguinetti's first break came when she earned a place in the prestigious New World School of the Arts, a magnet school for the arts in Miami. There she learned to further develop her musical skills and focused on piano performance and voice. Sanguinetti went on to attend Florida International University (FIU) and earned a bachelor's degree in music. She attempted to further a career in music by auditioning into the Manhattan School of Music, the Johns Hopkins Peabody Institute, and Indiana University Bloomington, Jacobs School of Music. Not receiving the reception that she had hoped for and not having the financial resources, Sanguinetti decided to pursue a career in the law. Sanguinetti attended The John Marshall Law School in Chicago. While in law school, Sanguinetti joined the Moot Court Executive Board and The John Marshall Law School Fair Housing Legal Clinic. She served as President of the Hispanic Student Association and the Fair Housing Association. Through her work at the The John Marshall Law School Fair Housing Legal Clinic she was able to practice law pursuant to Illinois Supreme Court Rule 711, and represented victims of housing discrimination. While a student she successfully handled the first ever case at the Chicago Commission on Human Relations that established a precedent for discrimination based on source of income. McCutchen v. Robinson, CCHR No. 95-I-1-84.

Professional career

Sanguinetti graduated from The John Marshall Law School in 1998, and became an Assistant Attorney General under during the tenure of former Republican Attorney General Jim Ryan. [1] After leaving the Attorney General's office in 2003, Sanguinetti practiced law in Chicago at private law firms representing police officers and other first responders in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. While practicing law, Sanguinetti went on to become an adjunct professor of law at John Marshall Law School. [1] [6]

Public service

In 2007, Sanguinetti was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis after suffering an accident on a municipal sidewalk in Wheaton, Illinois. [7] [8] In 2011, when Sanguinetti was able to regain her ability to walk for sustained periods of time, Sanguinetti decided to run for an At-Large position on the Wheaton City Council on a platform of infrastructure improvements and sidewalk maintenance. [7]

Sanguinetti won the election and served on the Wheaton City Council until December 2014 when she resigned to become Illinois Lieutenant Governor. [9] Her tenure was marked by renewed investment into the city's infrastructure and fiscal responsibility. [10]

In October of 2013, Sangunetti was selected to be the Lieutenant Governor running mate for Republican candidate Bruce Rauner. Sanguinetti won the Republican Primary in February of 2014, and became the party's nominee for Lieutenant Governor. In November of 2014 Sanguinetti defeated Democrat Paul Vallas and was elected to be the 47th Lieutenant Governor of the State of Illinois.

Government consolidation

Illinois' Local Government Consolidation and Unfunded Mandates Task Force was created under Executive Order 15-15, Sanguinetti chaired and oversaw this task force. [11]

From the report the task force produced a number of its recommendations subsequently became law; [12]

  • PA 99-0353: Four-year moratorium on creating new local governments
  • PA 100-106: Township consolidation reform: road and bridge district consolidation
  • PA 100-107: Township consolidation reform: DuPage County consolidation expansion, coterminous township consolidation expansion, 126-mile township square mile consolidation limit removed, county form of government retention after abolishing townships
  • PA 100-242: Unfunded mandate statewide cost of compliance estimates by DCEO[ definition needed]
  • PA 100-0465: Education unfunded mandate; driver’s education third-party contracting and physical education

Illinois Waterways

Sanguinetti, as Lieutenant Governor chairs the Mississippi, Illinois, Wabash and Ohio Rivers Coordinating Councils. Sanguinetti took an active role in advocating Illinois' approach to the management and elimination of the Asian Carp invasive species population in Illinois waterways, while balancing the interests of Illinois' business, agriculture and shipping industries. Sanguinetti worked with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to help keep the invasive species out of Lake Michigan. [13] [14] [15]

Military affairs

Illinois is home to three large military bases: Scott Air Force Base near Belleville; Rock Island Arsenal near Rock Island; and Naval Station Great Lakes near North Chicago. Sanguinetti chaired the Military Economic Development Committee (formerly known as the Interagency Military Base Support and Economic Development Committee) which coordinates the State’s activities on and to act as a communication center for issues relating to current and former military bases in the State of Illinois. [16] Sanguinetti worked with the Illinois General Assembly to help re-institute the Committee and expand its use to preserve economic development associated with Illinois' military bases. [17]

Opioid epidemic

Sanguinetti chaired the Opioid Prevention and Intervention Task Force for the State of Illinois. [18] [19] One of the results of the Task Force was to make the opioid overdose reversal drug naloxone, commonly called Narcan, available without a prescription. [20] The Task Force also led to the creation of the launched a 24-hour helpline and website (www.helplineIL.org) for victims of the epidemic to find help. [20] Sanguinetti worked to have two bills signed into law: SB 772 that requires physicians to use the Illinois Prescription Monitoring Program to guard against doctor shopping; and SB 336 to allow those prescribed addicted opioids for pain to exchange those prescriptions for medical cannabis. [21] [22]

Angel Investment Tax Credit for minority owned businesses

Sanguinetti led a bipartisan effort to revive the Angel Investment Tax Credit in Illinois which helps small minority owned businesses. [23] Sanguinetti, who chaired the Governor’s Rural Affairs Council, worked with several state legislators on this bill, including Sen. Chuck Weaver (R-37), Sen. Dale Fowler (R-59), Sen. Daniel Biss (D-9), Rep. Grant Wehrli (R-41), Rep. Carol Sente (D59), Rep. Jaime Andrade Jr. (D-40) and Rep. Elgie Sims (D-34). [23]

Personal life

She is married with three children and resides in Wheaton, Illinois. She is a member of College Church, and is a member of Rotary International.

See also


  1. ^ a b c d e Puente, Teresa (2014-11-05). "Evelyn Sanguinetti is Illinois' first Hispanic lieutenant governor". Chicago Now. Retrieved 2014-11-05.
  2. ^ Tareen, Sophia (2013-10-08). "Bruce Rauner Picks Wheaton's Sanguinetti as Running Mate". NBC 5 Chicago. Retrieved 2014-11-05.
  3. ^ Lurz, Nathan - "Wheaton City Council Members Happy for Sanguinetti's Win". Suburban Life, published November 10, 2014; retrieved November 16, 2014.
  4. ^ "Evelyn Sanguinetti fun facts". RebootIllinois.com. Retrieved 13 November 2014.
  5. ^ "About". 2.illinois.gov. Retrieved 24 November 2018.
  6. ^ "Evelyn Pacino Sanguinetti: Candidate Profile". Daily Herald. Retrieved 13 November 2014.
  7. ^ a b ""Wheaton lawyer got angry enough to enter politics" The Chicago Tribune Jeff Coen and Bob Secter, Tribune reporters".
  8. ^ Renken, Leslie. "MS conference in East Peoria gets support from Lt. Gov. Sanguinetti". Pjstar.com. Retrieved 24 November 2018.
  9. ^ Goldsborough, Bob. "Sanguinetti steps down from Wheaton City Council". Chicagotribune.com. Retrieved 24 November 2018.
  10. ^ "From 'Sidewalk Lady' to America's First Latina Lieutenant Governor [Episode 5]". Governing.com. Retrieved 24 November 2018.
  12. ^ ""Government consolidation back on table in Springfield" The New Gazetee Published November 20, 2018".
  13. ^ ""Illinois' efforts lead to dramatic reduction in Asian carp population" Herald Review Published March 27, 2018".
  14. ^ ""Sanguinetti Chairs Meeting on Carp" Quad Cities Dispatch Argus Published February 28, 2017".
  15. ^ ""Protecting Lake Michigan while protecting Illinois taxpayers" The Chicago Tribune Editorial Page Published February 24, 2017".
  16. ^ "Military". 2.illinois.gov. Retrieved 24 November 2018.
  17. ^ "HB3032ham002 100TH GENERAL ASSEMBLY". Ilga.gov. Retrieved 24 November 2018.
  18. ^ Greg Bishop. "Lt. Gov. Sanguinetti says Illinois leading in opioid crisis response after Trump action". Ilnews.org. Retrieved 24 November 2018.
  19. ^ "Opinion - Evelyn Sanguinetti: State is taking action against opioid epidemic". Thesouthern.com. Retrieved 24 November 2018.
  20. ^ a b "Rauner, Sanguinetti provide update on effort to combat opioid epidemic in Illinois". Nwherald.com. Retrieved 24 November 2018.
  21. ^ "Chester Illinois Local News". Suntimesnews.com. Retrieved 24 November 2018.
  22. ^ "Opioid task force members hear from former addict in Urbana". News-gazette.com. Retrieved 24 November 2018.
  23. ^ a b "Governor Rauner enacts law to revive, extend Angel Investment Tax Credit" (PDF). 2.illinois.gov. Retrieved 24 November 2018.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Sheila Simon
Lieutenant Governor of Illinois
Succeeded by
Juliana Stratton