Since he was 18 years old, Raymond has committed himself to improving the community.

From the neighborhoods...

Raymond has been a lifelong resident of Chicago’s Southwest side neighborhoods.  He was raised in the Vittum Park and Sleepy Hollow/Archer Heights neighborhoods.  His grandparents, second-generation Mexican and Polish-Italian Americans grew up in the Back of the Yards neighborhood where they owned several businesses near McDowell Ave. and Laflin St.  Raymond's great-grandparents established their home in the West Englewood neighborhood in the 1910s near 65th and Wolcott.  Now, Raymond and his partner of 10 years have called Brighton Park home for the last several years.

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Locally educated...

Raymond attended St. Camillus Catholic Elementary School.  He attended St. Laurence High School.  Upon graduating, Raymond attended the University of Illinois-Chicago, majoring in the teaching of English Literature and Political Science.

Strong religious upbringing...

Starting from his grandparents, Tony and Lucy, whom helped build the Back of the Yards icon, Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish on 45th and Ashland, Raymond has been a devout Catholic.  Most recently he was named a member of the Five Holy Martyrs Holy Name Society. 

Called to service...

Raymond has a history of answering the call of civic duty.  He was a precinct captain at the age of 18.  At the age of 20, he was leading marches against rampant prostitution along Cicero Avenue.  At 21, Raymond was elected to serve as a Community Representative on the Kennedy High School Local School Council.  At 31, he answered the Democratic Party’s open call for consideration for the Lieutenant Governor’s nomination.  Most recently in 2011, at the age of 33, Raymond ran for 15th Ward Alderman where he was able to challenge an incumbent into a run-off.  In 2012, Raymond was elected the first Mexican-American Democratic Committeeman in the 15th Ward.  On April 7th, 2015, Raymond was elected with 58% of the total vote as the Alderman of the 15th Ward in the City of Chicago.

Strong work ethic...

While in high school and college, Raymond worked for C.P. Hall.  After leaving UIC, Raymond worked in the Mayor’s Office of Special Events for nearly three years.  He has spent the last ten and a half years working for Southwest Airlines before leaving to become a full-time Alderman. 


Raising Raymond as a single mother was not easy, especially while trying to work full time to keep a roof over our heads. But today, the struggles we’ve gone through have made my son stronger, honest, and hard working and I am incredibly proud of him.
— Deb Lona, Proud Mother