Simon Rodriguez Jr., a son of Mexican immigrant parents, born and raised in Aurora, IL. Simon is a 2005 graduate of East Aurora High School, 2013 honors graduate of Illinois State University, a Fulbright scholarship recipient, has lived in Mexico and England, and for the past 4 years, taught bilingual social studies at East Aurora HS. Simon is the current youth services manager for the City of Aurora, where he coordinates and works with various community partners to bring various programs to all the youth of Aurora and surrounding communities. Simon took the first group of IL high school students on a cultural exchange to Cuba in 2017. Simon is also active in his community: a proud member of the League of United Latin American Council (LULAC), ISU Latinx Alumni Network, Family Counseling Services board member, and a precinct committeeman for his ward. Simon believes the more we invest in our youth, the better the future of our city will be.