Meet Mary

Mary E. Gill (nee McIntosh) is the State Representative of the Illinois 35th District, representing the communities of Beverly, Mt. Greenwood, Palos Heights, Palos Park, Orland Park, Worth, and Alsip. She was appointed as State Representative in March of 2023 following the Honorable Frances Ann Hurley’s retirement. Previously, Mary worked as the Executive Director of the Mt. Greenwood Community and Business Association and taught special education. She is running for State Representative so that she can continue serving the 35th District.

Mary is a lifelong resident of the 35th District. She is a graduate of Clissold Elementary School (1993), Mother McAuley High School (1997), Moraine Valley Community College (1998–2000), and St. Ambrose University (2003).  She was born and raised in West Beverly and now resides in Mount Greenwood with her husband Dan and their three children: Ella, Luken, and Hagen. They are active members of the St. Christina community. When she’s not at the district office or participating in community events, you can find Mary at St. Christina fields at her son’s football games or Mother McAuley’s softball fields at her daughter’s softball games. 

In the Illinois House of Representatives, Mary serves on the following committees: 

  • Mental Health and Addiction
  • Police and Fire
  • Public Utilities
  • Small Business, Tech Innovation
  • Veterans’ Affairs

Mary is passionate about public safety, small business empowerment, education, advocating for those with disabilities, women’s healthcare, and protecting workers’ rights. She plans to pass legislation expanding mental health resources for first responders, combatting predatory towing companies preying on victims of carjacking and vehicle theft, and expanding local power for all local school councils. She has been involved with the Special Olympics of Chicago for most of her life. Mary’s grandparents, Esther and John Cusack, sat on the first committee to develop the Special Olympics and her uncle, Mike Cusack, was the first athlete to ever participate.

Mary serves in an advisory capacity on the OSF HealthCare Community Board, A New Direction Beverly Morgan Park Leadership Council, and Garden Center Services Advisory Board. She is also very involved with the 19th Ward Youth and Community Foundation, a 501c(3) organization that hosts a variety of programs for the youth, senior and families for the 19th Ward community. Mary previously served on the elected local school council for the Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences. 

In addition, Mary volunteers her time with numerous organizations on the Southwest side, including the Mount Greenwood Special Recreation Association, Special Olympics Chicago, Ronald McDonald House at Advocate Children’s Hospital, Road Home Program at Rush Medical Center, and the Little Red Schoolhouse Rain Garden project.