Robyn Gabel is a long-time resident of Evanston and has represented the people of the 18th District in the Illinois House of Representatives since 2010. Her daughter, Lilah, is a graduate of Evanston Township High School.
Before coming to the legislature Robyn was the Executive Director of the Illinois Maternal and Child Health Coalition from 1988 to 2010. She has a B.A. from Beloit College and M.S.P.H. from the University of Illinois Chicago, School of Public Health. She also has an M.J. in health law from Loyola University Chicago.
During her time in the legislature, she has been a legislative leader in protecting and fostering the growth of children, ensuring women’s rights, and environmental stewardship. Robyn serves as the Chair of the House Human Services Committee, the Vice-Chair of the House Human Services Appropriations Committee, and as a member of the committees on Insurance, Environment, Mass Transit, Business Growth and Incentives, and Museums, Arts and Cultural Enhancements.
Her legislative accomplishments include bills:
- protecting young people from the dangers of tanning beds
- reducing nicotine poisoning in children from e-cigarette liquids
- saving newborn babies by early detection of heart defects
- streamlining standards for certified community health care workers and designated stroke care centers
- sponsoring the Illinois Clean Jobs Bill to promote wind, solar and other renewable energy while creating 32,000
- promoting community gardening by eliminating many of barriers facing gardeners
- advocating for laws to help the parents of special needs children get the best education for their children
- promoting the compassionate use of medical cannabis for adults and children with severe epilepsy.