I was born in the inner city of Chicago. My parents moved to Garfield Ridge just as I was starting school. Byrne Elementary and Kinzie U.G.C. was where I spent my elementary school years. I prepped at John F. Kennedy High School where I lettered in football and baseball.
My father was a tool and die maker working for one company his entire life, except for his time served in World War II. Like many veterans, he didn’t talk much about his time in the service except that he served under General Patton. Mom stayed home making sure my five brothers and sisters were cared for and made it through our school years.
I stayed in Illinois and graduated from Knox College in Galesburg. I worked every summer and during the school year to help pay for my education.
After graduating with a B.A. in Liberal Arts I married my high school sweetheart at St. Joseph Church in Summit where she spent her elementary school years before going to Kennedy/St. Paul for high school.
Over the years, we’ve lived in Chicago Ridge, Orland Hills, and finally Homer Glen where our three children all grew up and graduated from Lockport High School.
I’ve worked in sales my entire career, the majority of the time selling office furniture.
After serving the community in many different ways – soccer coach, President of the LTHS Foundation, church Finance Committee, High School Booster Club President – I was elected to the Will County Board six years ago in District 7, which includes Homer Glen, Lockport, and New Lenox.
I have served on the Land Use Committee and Finance Committee. For four years, I served as Committee Chair for the Finance Committee and as Vice Chair on the Capital Improvement Committee. I’m currently the Minority Leader on the County Board.
During that time we crafted the Building Will Plan – an initiative to finance a group of County buildings all without raising taxes.
We started and completed our Public Safety Complex and are currently building a 370,000 sq. ft. County Court House, a 70,000 sq. ft. Health Department, and a new EMA and Animal Control building.
I am also a current member of the Executive Board of the Children’s Advocacy Center.