Welcome to the website for the office of the State Representative for Illinois’ 18th Legislative District, Representative Robyn Gabel!

This is where you can get updates on state-level laws, agencies, new initiatives, and community outreach. This is the office of the people, so it is not about politics – this site is a portal for service towards the communities in the 18th district.

Thank you for visiting, please stay in contact!

Our District

Our district represents some of the best attributes of the state of Illinois, and has some of the most beautiful neighborhoods and tight-knit communities.


Hello! To introduce myself, here is a little bit about me:

I live in Evanston and have represented the people of the 18th Legislative District since 2010. During my time in the Illinois House of Representatives, I have worked hard to earn a reputation as an independent legislative leader, successfully passing over fifty sponsored bills, including fifteen during the current administration.

Before coming to the legislature I was the Executive Director of the Illinois Maternal and Child Health Coalition (since renamed EverThrive Illinois) from 1988 to 2010. I earned a B.A. from Beloit College, an M.S.P.H. from the University of Illinois Chicago – School of Public Health, and an M.J. in health law from Loyola University Chicago.

I serve as the Chair of the House Human Services Committee, the
Vice-Chair of the House Human Services – Appropriations Committee and Museums, Arts & Cultural Enhancements Committee, and as a member of the committees on Insurance, Renewable Energy & Sustainability, Juvenile Justice & System Involved Youth, Environment, and Small Business Empowerment & Workforce Development. In 2015, I  was appointed co-chair of the Violence Prevention Task Force.

My main areas of focus are in ensuring the safety of our children, championing environmental and clean energy issues, guaranteeing the rights of women, reforming government to be inclusive and effective, and reducing and preventing gun violence.



Please feel free to write or call my office with any concerns, questions, or queries regarding legislation, state agencies, or anything you believe I can do to help our district achieve its potential.

Please remember that this webpage and the district office is meant to serve the people of the 18th district, and is not to be used for political purposes. If you have political questions or concerns, please find the appropriate channel to communicate on your topic. It is extremely important to me that my staff observes all ethical boundaries when it comes to serving the district, and all political issues must be taken up away from state time and state resources.