Illinois General Assembly - Representative Biography
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Representative Karen A. Yarbrough (D) - Previous General Assembly (96th)
7th District

Photograph of Representative  Karen A. Yarbrough (D)

Springfield Office:
272-S Stratton Office Building
Springfield, IL 62706
(217) 782-8120
(217) 782-1739 FAX
District Office:
2305 W. Roosevelt Rd.
Broadview, IL 60155
(708) 615-1747
(708) 615-1745 FAX

Years served: 2001 - Present

Committee assignments: Appropriations-Higher Education; Appropriations-Public Safety (Chairperson); Cities & Villages; Computer Technology; Elementary & Secondary Education; Environmental Health; Insurance (Vice-Chairperson); Public Policy & Accountability; Railroad Industry; Tourism & Conventions; Education Reform.

Biography: Full-time legislator. Former founder and president of Hathaway Insurance Agency, Inc. in Maywood, Il. Licensed insurance agent and realtor, with a B.A. in business management from Chicago State University and an M.A. in inner city studies from Northeastern Illinois University. Past president of the Maywood Chamber of Commerce, and board member of the United Way of Suburban Chicago, Proviso United Way and the Oak Park YMCA, currently serving on the board of directors of the Maywood Chamber of Commerce, The Way Back Inn, and a supporter of scholarship programs. Twin legislative themes are public health and public safety. Recognized for championing the Smoke-Free Illinois law & Operation Ceasefire- the campaign to end violence in affected communities.

Associated Senator(s): Kimberly A. Lightford