National Louis University alum Lamont Robinson Jr., who earned his MBA in 2012, won election to the Illinois House of Representatives in the Nov. 6 election. He’ll represent Illinois’ 5th District, a long, narrow swath that runs from the Near North Side south to 79th Street on the South Side, largely centered around State Street and Michigan Avenue (see map). The seat became vacant when Rep. Juliana Stratton agreed to run for lieutenant governor on gubernatorial hopeful JB Pritzker’s ticket, a gamble that paid off when they won last Tuesday.
Robinson, who won the Democratic primary in the spring and ran unopposed in November, chose the path of small business after earning his National Louis MBA. He opened an Allstate Insurance agency in Bronzeville, then a second Allstate agency in Humboldt Park, according to the Chicago Sun-Times. Robinson’s website explains that he leads the Kappa Leadership Institute Chicago, a nonprofit that prepares African-American youth to go to college. He also teaches entrepreneurship and other business courses at Harold Washington College.
Robinson will be sworn in on Jan. 9, 2018.