Chemberly Cummings

Let’s RISE together in November.

RISE stands for Revive Illinois Strong & Energetic. Chemberly will act on behalf of the 105th district by doing just that; reviving Illinois communities to be strong and energetic.

The most fundamental role of American citizens is to come together as a group and make decisions that benefit all constituents. Chemberly will lead our district by not only strengthening our communities, but the entire state of Illinois. She has an infectious and energetic personality that many community leaders can attest to. It is through this passionate and powerful spirit that she will encourage Illinoisains to become not only passionate about politics, but to become passionate about the communities that surround them.

Chemberly is looking forward to serving you. She will fight for Central Illinois and ensure our state is viable and thriving for generations to come.

Chemberly earned a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Central State University. She’s currently working toward her master’s degree in Political Management from George Washington University.

Destined to Serve from the Very Beginning

Chemberly A. Harris Cummings was born and raised in Cleveland, OH. She was first introduced to the importance of service by her grandmother.

While a student at Central State University, seized opportunities to advocate and speak on issues. In 2005, she testified before the Ohio General Assembly Higher Education committee on the importance of supporting and funding higher education.

Community Activism

Chemberly’s life duty is to serve her community. Since living in Bloomington-Normal, Chemberly has been actively involved in numerous organizations. She’s served on the Board for the McLean County YWCA, Alcohol Resource Prevention Center, and the Children’s Discovery Museum.

She’s also volunteered for St. Jude, Home Sweet Home Ministries, and Junior Achievement.

Serving the People

Chemberly was elected to the Town of Normal City Council in 2017. As a Town representative, Chemberly has engaged at the state and federal level to advocate for all communities.

She speaks on the importance of funding infrastructure. This doesn’t just include roadways and waterways, but areas that are critical for a thriving community such as transportation, community development, job creation and housing.

Chemberly worked to change the definition of affordable housing. Her efforts broadened the conversation on equitable, diverse housing.

Having conversations on equity is essential for our community. Chemberly created the annual racial equity summit. The summit is all about doing something with a purpose, galvanizing each person to actively participate and refuse to stand idly in the face of injustice and inequity.

Chemberly is also active in programming. She sponsored the Town of Normal’s Summer of Love in conjunction with the National League of Cities. Her latest program, REACH (Racial Equity and Community Healing), will also push for more conversations around equity.

Committed to Leadership

Chemberly actively participates in organizations that make her a strong leader and community ambassador. Her memberships include:

  • National League of Cities, serving on the the Community and Economic
  • Development Federal Advocacy Committee
  • University Cities Council
  • Women in Municipal Government
  • National Black Caucus of Local Elected Officials
  • REAL (Race Equity and Leadership)
  • Bloomington-Normal Alumnae chapter for Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
  • Bloomington-Normal NAACP

Chemberly is a 2018 graduate of the Illinois Women’s Institute for Leadership class and 2019 Edgar Fellows class. She also engages in activities hosted by the Illinois Municipal League.

Chemberly’s leadership hasn’t gone unnoticed. In 2017 she received the McLean County 20 under 40 award. In 2019, Chemberly received the State of Illinois Treasurer Michael Frerichs’ Outstanding Service in Leadership award.