ELMHURST – DuPage County Board member Pete DiCianni of Elmhurst was recently honored with the 2016 Government Integrity Award by the Illinois State Crime Commission for his advocacy for people with autism.
DiCianni has authored four state laws, two of which have been used as national models. In 2011, as mayor of Elmhurst, DiCianni penned James' Law after James O'Brien, a young non-verbal child with autism who had gone missing.
As a member of DuPage County 911 executive board, DiCianni tested technology and later passed legislation that would allow for GPS bracelets on people with cognitive challenges including autism, Down syndrome, Alzheimer's and dementia.
DiCianni authored Brianna's Law in 2008 to insure autism as a medical condition. He serves as chairman of the Illinois Autism Task Force.