About State Rep. Kimberly du Buclet

Representative du Buclet’s contributions extend beyond her role as a State Representative. She also served in significant capacities within the MWRD, acting as Chairman of the Federal Legislation and Stormwater Committees, as well as Vice Chairman of the Labor & Industrial Relations Committee, Pension, Human Resources & Civil Service Committee, and the Municipalities Committee. Furthermore, she held the vital role of trustee for the 1.6 billion dollar MWRD Pension Fund.

Before joining the MWRD Board, Commissioner du Buclet demonstrated her commitment to public service as the Legislative and Community Affairs Director for the Chicago Park District. In this capacity, she collaborated with community organizations and elected officials at the city and state levels to enhance parks and park programming throughout Chicago. She diligently monitored legislative activities across various government levels to evaluate their impact on the Chicago Park District. Additionally, she played a pivotal role in organizing community and volunteer groups citywide to ensure that neighborhood parks consistently catered to the community’s needs.

Before being elected as MWRD Commissioner, du Buclet previously served as a Representative in the Illinois General Assembly, representing the 26th District. Her consistent alignment with the environmental caucus earned her recognition and an award from the Illinois Environmental Council.

As Commissioner, she remained dedicated to raising awareness about environmental justice issues in Cook County and expanding open green spaces for communities. She actively seeked opportunities to implement green infrastructure to promote water conservation.

Representative du Buclet’s educational background includes attending the University of Chicago Laboratory Schools for grammar and high school, followed by earning a BS in Marketing from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She continued her pursuit of education by obtaining a Master’s in Business Administration from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. Beyond her professional roles, she remains actively engaged in numerous community organizations such as Alpha Kappa Alpha, The Links, Inc., The Girl Friends, Inc., The Museum of Contemporary Art Women’s Board, Quad Cities Development Corporation board, and has previously served as a member of Jack and Jill and the AIDS Foundation of Chicago board.

Representative du Buclet’s multifaceted roles as a mother, wife, public servant, philanthropist, and environmentalist drive her unwavering advocacy for the betterment of Chicago’s South Side communities.


2024 Legislative Bills

CORPORATE EMISSIONS REPORTING – HB4268

  • Creates the Climate Corporate Accountability Act. Adopt rules to require a reporting entity to annually disclose to the emissions registry, and verify, all of the reporting

WASH MACHINE-MICROFIBER FILTER – HB4269

  • Amends the Environmental Protection Act. Provides that, on and after January 1, 2030, no person shall sell or offer for sale in the State a new washing machine for residential, commercial, or State use unless the washing machine: (1) contains a microfiber filtration system with a mesh size of not greater than 100 micrometers; and (2) bears a conspicuous label that is visible to the consumer.

ISP-ACTIVE SHOOTER ALRT SYSTEM – HB4297

  • Amends the Illinois State Police Law of the Civil Administrative Code of Illinois. Provides that the Illinois State Police shall develop a coordinated program for a emergency alert system to notify people when a active shooter situation is occurring in the State. 

SCH CODE-CLIMATE CHANGE – HB4319

  • Amends the School Code. Provides that every public school shall provide instruction, study, and discussion of current problems and needs in the conservation of natural resources, including climate change.

ELEC CD-VOTER PREREGISTRATION – HB4368

  • Amends the Election Code. Provides that voter preregistration may be completed on a paper application provided by the State Board of Elections. Provides that, if an election authority receives a paper application for preregistration, it shall promptly forward the application to the State Board of Elections for processing.

SMALL BUSINESS INCENTIVES – HB4571

  • Creates the Small Business Economic Incentive Act. Provides that at least 50% of the dollar value of all economic incentives awarded to businesses by the State or by any State agency on or after January 1, 2025 shall be awarded to businesses with 50 or fewer full-time employees.

SECURE CHOICE PROGRAM-PLANS – HB4719

  • Amends the Illinois Secure Choice Savings Program Act. Provides that participating employers may (rather than shall) designate an open enrollment period during which employees who previously opted out of the Secure Choice Savings Program may enroll in the Program.

MWRD-COMPETITIVE BIDDING LIMIT- HB4783

  • Provides that the District’s executive director shall authorize in writing specified officials or employees who may purchase in the open market without filing a requisition or estimate to purchase and without advertisement any supplies, materials, equipment or services for immediate delivery to meet bona fide operating emergencies where the amount is not in excess of $100,000.

PEN CD-MWRD-VARIOUS – HB4784

  • Amends the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District Article of the Illinois Pension Code. Provides that an ordinary disability benefit shall be allowed only if the employee is examined, at least annually, by a licensed health care professional appointed by the Board of Trustees of the Fund.

INC TX-DOWNTOWN CREDIT – HB4790

  • Amends the Illinois Income Tax Act. Creates a credit in an amount equal to 20% of the qualified conversion expenditures incurred by a taxpayer for a qualified converted building. Effective immediately.

SPORTS WAGERING ACT-LICENSEES – HB5092

  • Amends the Sports Wagering Act. Provides that, if a public entity that owns a sports facility does not apply for a master sports wagering license, a professional sports team that (i) plays the majority of its home contests at the sports facility and (ii) has received written authorization from the public entity may apply to the Illinois Gaming Board for a master sports wagering license in place of the public entity and shall be deemed to be a sports facility for the purposes of the Act. 

STUDENT BILL OF RIGHTS – HB5093

  • Creates the Student Bill of Rights Act. Provides that the State Board of Education and the Board of Higher Education shall jointly establish, no later than January 1, 2025, a student bill of rights to outline that students in public schools and public institutions of higher education have a right to educational equity and to be free from discrimination based on race, sex, gender, socioeconomic status, and mental or physical ability.

HAIR CARE FOR YOUTH IN CARE – HB5097

  • Amends the Children and Family Services Act. Provides that every youth in care must have a Haircare Plan included in their case plan unless the youth explicitly indicates to the youth’s caseworker that a Haircare Plan is not needed due to the youth’s ability to maintain haircare without assistance.

REVITALIZE DOWNTOWN CHICAGO – HB5098

  • Creates the Chicago Downtown Revitalization Task Force Act. Includes legislative findings. Creates the Chicago Downtown Revitalization Task Force.

IDPH-GAMT SCREENING – HB5420

  • Amends the Newborn Metabolic Screening Act. Provides for the screening and testing of all newborns for Guanidinoacetate Methyltransferase (GAMT) deficiency.

LAKE MICH MONITORING-REPORTING – HB5421

  • Amends the Rivers, Lakes, and Streams Act. Removes a provision requiring the Environmental Protection Agency to work with the City of Chicago and affected units of government for specified concerns. 

FRANCHISE TAX-REPEAL – HB5490

  • Amends the Business Corporation Act of 1983. Provides that, in the case of a domestic or foreign corporation, no payment is required for a franchise tax that would have been due and payable on or after January 1, 2025. 

HIGHER ED-DISPLAY BOOK COSTS – HB5494

  • Amends the Public Higher Education Act. Provides that a public institution of higher education shall display the estimated costs of all required course materials and directly related course fees for no less than 75% of the total number of for-credit courses offered by the public institution of higher education.

NAT. INFRASTRUCTURE BANK ACT – HR0520

  • Urges the United States Congress to pass H.R. 4052 to create a new national infrastructure bank to finance urgently needed infrastructure projects.

BUDDY GUY DAY – HR0515

  • Declares November 24, 2023 as Buddy Guy Day.

CONGRATS-DEBORAH LANE – HR0578

  • Congratulates Deborah Lane on the occasion of her retirement from the Chicago Transit Authority.