Illinois General Assembly - Senator Biography
Illinois General Assembly

  Live Audio/Video  

Senator Willie Preston (D)
16th District

Photograph of  Senator  Willie Preston (D)

Springfield Office:
Senator 16th District
Stratton Office Building
Section C, Office N
Springfield, IL   62706
(217) 782-1607
District Office:
8500 South Pulaski Road
Chicago, IL  60652
(773) 912-6255

Years served: 2023 -

Committee assignments: State Government (Vice-Chair); Insurance; Approp- Pub Safety & Infrastructure; Education; Sp. Comm on Crim Law and Pub Safety.

Biography: Born and raised in Chicago, Willie Preston is currently the State Senator for Illinois 16th District, residing in Chicago’s Auburn Gresham neighborhood. Preston comes from humble beginnings working as a union carpenter before furthering his education at Chicago State University and Roosevelt University. Wanting to have a seat at the table in the decisions that were affecting the resources and opportunities in his community, he worked to better Illinois well before being elected to the State Senate. Not only did he serve on the board of the Chicagoland YMCA’s early childhood education program, and the Local School Council at Scott Joplin Elementary as a community and parent representative, he also was an organizer of the Grassroots Alliance for Police Accountability. When he is not fighting for a better tomorrow for residents on the Southwest side of Chicago and Western Suburbs, he is running and operating his construction firm. Preston is also a devoted husband, father, and community leader.

Associated Representative(s): Mary E. Flowers
 Cyril Nichols