Town of residence
Current occupation and employer
Full time county board chairman and part-time lawyer at the law firm of Power & Cronin, LTD, where I am a partner.
B.A. in Economics, Dean’s List, Northwestern University
J.D., Loyola University School of Law
My wife Juliann and I live in Elmhurst where we are raising our four children, Elizabeth, Sarah, Grace and Danny.
Civic involvement and volunteer work
In 2014, I co-founded Transform Illinois, a collaborative of local elected officials, civic organizations and research institutions dedicated to promoting and supporting local government efficiency efforts in Illinois. I have had the fortune of serving on several local civic boards over the years. My wife and I remain involved in our local church, Immaculate Conception Parish.
Previous elected offices held
DuPage County Board Chairman, 2010 - Current
Illinois State Senate, 1994 - 2010
Illinois State Representative, 1991 - 1993
What is your vision for DuPage County? Why are you the best candidate to achieve that vision?
I am running for Chairman of the DuPage County Board because I believe that results matter and that the current political system isn’t working for anyone. We are living through a period of immense political division that is fostering gridlock and dysfunction in government. I believe elected leaders must find the political will and personal courage to find agreement on difficult issues.
We have delivered on our promises and reformed county government during my administration.
I am asking the voters of DuPage to allow me to serve another term so that we can continue to reduce the size, scope and cost of local government. DuPage County is a beacon of prosperity and opportunity in Illinois. But, we cannot give in or give up. We must continue to show the state how responsible reform can be achieved.
Where do you stand on consolidation efforts in DuPage County? What additional steps – if any – should be taken?
Our record of reform speaks for itself. By 2019, seven units of local government will have been consolidated. We’ve instituted sweeping ethics and transparency reforms at every agency and department affiliated with the County.
It hasn’t been easy or quick, but our persistence has paid off. We abolished the DuPage Water Commission’s sales tax saving consumers $36 million annually.
Our reforms will deliver at least $120 million in taxpayer savings. By reducing costs, we haven’t increased the County’s share of property taxes.
While I am proud of DuPage’s record, I am equally pleased that we have shown that reform and consolidation can be achieved without reducing services. DuPage County has led the way and shown other leaders across the state how they can implement similar reforms.
I will never stop looking for efficiencies or a better way to achieve results for taxpayers.
The current political climate across the United States seems more divided than ever. What will you do to foster cooperation and compromise among elected officials in DuPage County?
I believe that compromise and consensus are not dirty words in politics and instead, are the underpinnings of successful governance. Unfortunately, we are living through a time of immense political division where the clash and conflict of opposing views are glorified and relished.
I actually believe our democratic systems work best through the push and pull of opposing views. But, as elected officials, we must listen and rise above the disagreement to forge consensus and reach agreement. Anyone who has interacted with DuPage County government knows that we foster an inclusive environment where all sides and interests are heard and respected.
With the support of Republicans and Democrats locally, regionally and across the state, we’ve changed laws to make it easier to institute local government reform.
I don’t relish headlines and media stories about conflict. Instead, I am focused on building compromise that actually results in reform and progress.