Camille Y. Lilly was born and raised in the 78th Illinois House District and has spent her professional career advocating for and working diligently toward economic opportunity, community development, health and wellness, and educational advancement for district residents.
Camille is known for her inclusive and transparent leadership style and her ability to build coalitions and develop creative, sustainable solutions to improve people’s lives and communities. As Director of the West Garfield Park Families with a Future Program (1986-1990) for Bethel New Life Inc., a nonprofit dedicated to sustainable development in challenged communities, Camille managed the State of Illinois’ Infant Mortality initiative. The program led to a reduction in the infant mortality rate from 21 deaths per 1,000 live births to 17.
As Vice President of Beth-Anne Life Centre, Camille developed a plan to revitalize a 9.2-acre closed hospital campus. She raised more than $4 million for capital development and campus maintenance, conducted contract and labor negotiations, and oversaw an operating budget of $2.7 million.
In 2002, Camille became one of the founders and a board member of the Austin Chamber of Commerce. Until recently, she served as the Chamber’s volunteer Executive Director, helping to map out a vision for economic growth and development intended to strengthen community partnerships and improve bottom lines for local businesses.
Some of Camille’s accomplishments at the Chamber include:
• A summer jobs program benefiting more than 500 young people at more than 60 businesses and agencies;
• In partnership with local police, an executive leadership grant for individuals working or living in the community that provided more than 30 scholarships to college-bound youth.
• Teamed with local aldermen to advocate successfully for a big box retailer, leading to the creation of more than 400 jobs on the West side.
In her current position as Vice President of External Affairs and Development for Loretto Hospital, located at Central Avenue and the Eisenhower Expressway, Camille organized a mayoral task force to address economic development in the Austin community and expanded the Board of Trustees to include representation by local residents and business owners. By maintaining relationships with key stakeholders, Camille has raised more than $800,000 to help pay for services in the areas of addiction, breast cancer, prostate cancer, asthma and senior wellnes