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In her work as an attorney, a member of her Local School Council, and congressional aide, Alyx Pattison has championed the causes of women, children, immigrants and the LGBT community. As State Representative, Alyx will continue fighting for our communities by working to strengthen our neighborhood schools, and building our local economy by standing with and for working people.

Alyx’s unique background has prepared her to serve the diverse residents of the 4th district. As the daughter of a single mom who worked as a secretary, Alyx learned early the value of hard work and persistence. By the time she was 15, Alyx was working as a waitress to save money for her college fund. She held that job for eight years, using her wages and tips to pay for her education at the University of Utah. While growing up, Alyx and her mom also took care of her grandmother who suffered severe dementia that left her debilitated and unable to feed, clothe or bathe herself. These experiences nurtured in Alyx a strong belief in the dignity of work and in treating people fairly. They have also instilled in her a real understanding of what it’s like to struggle to make ends meet and to succeed in spite of setbacks and challenging circumstances.

Because Alyx has seen the power of a good public education in her own life, she spent almost five years serving as a Community Representative on the Local School Council at her neighborhood school, Jose de Diego Community Academy. During her service, Alyx also tutored de Diego kids and worked to leverage the resources her former law firm had to offer the community by connecting them with the school. With Alyx’s involvement, the firm has provided regular tutoring, significant donations of money and supplies, and has also provided pro bono legal services to the families of Jose de Diego students at monthly legal clinics.

After earning her bachelor’s degree in 1997, Alyx moved to Chicago to work for Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky. In this role, Alyx helped craft legislation such as “The Battered Immigrant Women Protection Act,” which shields immigrant women from the threat of deportation – and permanent separation from their children – when they divorce their abusive husbands. In 2000, Alyx left to pursue her law degree at Northwestern University School of Law.

After graduating from Northwestern in 2003, Alyx joined the litigation department of the law firm Katten Muchin Rosenman. At Katten, Alyx built a successful practice and became a partner. While advancing her law career, she always made time to help her community by taking on pro bono legal work that gave her the opportunity to fight for the most vulnerable among us. Alyx's proudest representations involve immigrants fleeing abusive and oppressive regimes in their home countries who were seeking a new and better life in the United States. Working closely with the National Immigrant Justice Center, Alyx represented a lesbian woman from Jordan who sought asylum in the U.S. to escape an “honor killing” by relatives opposed to her sexual orientation and a class of Chinese women who were seeking asylum in the United States after being forced to have abortions and/or be implanted with birth control devices they did not want in accordance with China's "one-child" policy. Alyx also represented plaintiffs fighting discrimination based on race, gender and/or transgendered status, and obtained orders of protection for women fleeing domestic violence. After 10 years, Alyx left the firm to devote herself to her run for Alderman. After losing her race for Alderman in 2015, Alyx joined the Akerman law firm as a partner, but recently resigned to start her own business and run for state representative.

In addition to her service on the Local School Council, Alyx has served on the Cook County Commission on Women’s Issues, as well as on the board of the Chicago Bar Foundation. She currently serves on the board of the Illinois Women's Institute for Leadership -- a group that trains Democratic women in Illinois to run for office – a cause deeply important to her. Alyx lives in Ukrainian Village with her three beloved rescue dogs, Friday, King Henry, and Luciano "Lucky" Pattison. In her spare time, she enjoys running, swimming, yoga, hiking, biking and boxing (but not with actual contact!).

Paid for and authorized by Friends of Alyx Pattison. A copy of our report filed with the State Board of Elections is (or will be) available on the Board's official website (www.elections.il.gov) or for purchase from the State Board of Elections, Springfield, Illinois.