Aurora Lawyer Honored as Waubonsee “Fab 40” Alumnus
Sugar Grove — Having found his piece of the American dream through hard work and dedication, Aurora attorney Eduardo Gil now aims to help others make their dreams a reality. For his community-minded service and many professional accomplishments, Waubonsee is honoring Gil as a Waubonsee “Fabulous 40” alumnus.
Waubonsee Community College has named Aurora attorney Eduardo Gil, seen here in the offices of his law firm, Gil & Cruz, as one of the college’s “Fabulous 40” alumni.
As part of the college’s yearlong 40th anniversary celebration, Waubonsee is honoring 40 alumni and students who embody the mission, vision and values of the college. These individuals represent the diversity of Waubonsee’s students and the college district, as well as the diversity of the college’s mission as a comprehensive community college.
As partner and owner of the Aurora-based law firm Gil & Cruz, Eduardo Gil has had the opportunity to affect lives through the life-altering tasks of buying a home, applying for a business license to start a family business or defending clients in criminal matters. Gil has served both sides of the legal system — first as an assistant Kane County state’s attorney and later as a defense attorney.
Gil, licensed to practice law in Illinois and in the U.S. District Court, is a member of the Kane County Bar Association, the Illinois State Bar Association, the Trial Lawyers of America, the Illinois Real Estate Lawyer’s Association, the Aurora Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, and many other community organizations. Gil & Cruz was named the 2005 Aurora Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Small Business of the Year.
Being an immigrant himself, Gil knows the hardships and fears that come with being a stranger in a new land. Not knowing the language or how to maneuver through the various processes can be paralyzing. His firm specializes in serving the area’s Hispanic and Latino populations.
“I take pride in the community,” he said. “This is where my roots are and where I plan to stay forever. It’s been gratifying to build a law firm that is able to help solve people’s problems.”
A native of Argentina, Gil’s family immigrated to the United States, settling in Aurora, when he was 6 years old. He credits the hard work of his parents to acclimate and acculturate the family to the U.S. through bilingual classes and English classes.
After graduating from West Aurora High School, Gil chose to come to Waubonsee, following the path of his brother who was an All-American in soccer for Waubonsee. Gil also played soccer for Waubonsee, as well as wrestled, and was All-American in both sports. In addition to his athletic prowess, Gil exhibited the oratory skills he uses in the courtroom today as a student senator at the college.
“My time at Waubonsee was the best time I’ve ever had,” he said. “Everyone at the college took an interest in you. Nothing has compared to the affect that the teachers had on us as students. They took the time to know you as a person.”
Gil earned two associate degrees at Waubonsee — in political science and pre-education. After Waubonsee, Gil continued his education at Northern Illinois University (NIU), earning bachelor’s degrees in political science and history and later earning his J.D. at NIU. Gil also continued to be an involved student at NIU — serving as chief justice of the student association.
Gil and his wife, Martha, who is also a Waubonsee graduate and works for the Kaneland School District, live in Sugar Grove with their two children, Megan, 14, and Alexander, 12. Waubonsee continues to play a role in the Gil household with Megan and Alexander taking advantage of the various youth programs offered at the college.
“Waubonsee has been with me until now,” he said. “It’s grown with me. It provides so many resources for my family.”
Sitting in his gleaming, newly renovated offices at 605 N. Broadway in Aurora, Gil said that the opportunities and support he has received have helped him attain all he has today.
“I’ve really lived the American dream,” he said. “Coming from Argentina, I’ve had to learn the laws, culture and education here. With hard work and dedication, you can build a better future for your family. It’s not for me, but for my kids. They now have the opportunity to succeed.”
Gil was previously honored by Waubonsee as a Featured Alumnus and later as the college’s 1996 Distinguished Alumnus.