Reasons to Vote for Valeri DeCastris, District 67, Illinois — Achievements, Awards, and Community Initiatives

Citizen Servant and Community Activist

Valeri DeCastris – Notable Achievements

State of Illinois and Private Sector Environmental Scientist

State of Illinois Appointee to the Illinois Human Rights Authority

Spirit of Caring Award Recipient from Crusader Clinic

National Make a Difference Day Award Recipient

Statewide Consumer Advocate

Technical Advisor to Illinois Legislature

Decade of Experience Working in State Agencies

Decades of Community Volunteer Work

Small Business Owner and Published Author

Beautified and Improved South Rockford

Downtown Redevelopment Participant

Upgraded and Increased Street Lighting in South Rockford

Instrumental in South Main Street Redevelopment and Morgan Street Bridge Plans

Founded, Developed and Created Immigrants Park at Cunningham and Winnebago Streets

Founder of Rockford’s Ethnic Village Neighborhood Organization (President)

Founding Member of the Council of Neighborhood Organizations

Obtained Grants for Planning and Developing Memory Garden at St. Anthony of Padua Parish

Initiated a Sister City with Ferentino, Italy and Rockford City Council

Served 19 years on the Citizens Utility Board (CUB)—Illinois’ Largest Consumer Advocacy Group

Co-chair Officer of Admissions for Rockford’s Annual Festa Italiana

Board Member of the Greater Rockford Italian American Association (GRIAA)

Former Director of Southwest Rockford Community Development Organization—Obtained Grants for Beautification and Infrastructure for South Rockford

Founding Member of Rockford Park District Foundation’s City of Garden

Mayoral Appointee to the Rockford’s Brownfields Advisory Task Force—Reclamation of Abandoned Contaminated Properties

Active in Rockford Area Chamber of Commerce

Contributing Member of Midway Village Museum’s Immigration History Exhibit—its Largest Exhibit

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