Senator Dick Durbin, a Democrat from Springfield, is the 47th U.S. Senator from the State of Illinois, the state’s senior senator, and the convener of Illinois’ bipartisan congressional delegation.
Durbin also serves as the Assistant Democratic Leader by his Democratic colleagues. He sits on the Senate Judiciary, Appropriations, and Rules Committees. He is the Ranking Member of the Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on the Constitution and the Appropriations Committee’s Defense subcommittee.
He is married to Loretta Schaefer Durbin. Their family consists of three children: Christine (deceased), Paul and Jennifer–as well as three grandchildren, Alex, Ona and Floyd. They reside in Springfield.
Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth is an Iraq War Veteran and former Assistant Secretary of Veterans Affairs. She was re-elected to represent Illinois’ 8th Congressional District in 2014 and was sworn in for her second term on January 6, 2015.
Duckworth attended college at the University of Hawaii and then went on to the George Washington University, where she earned a Masters of Arts in International Affairs.
Duckworth was deployed to Iraq as a Blackhawk helicopter pilot for the Illinois Army National Guard. She was one of the first Army women to fly combat missions during Operation Iraqi Freedom
Duckworth lives in Hoffman Estates with her husband Bryan, an Army Major, and their daughter Abigail.
Duckworth continues to be a strong voice for her neighbors in Congress, advocating for the practical solutions and cooperation that is needed to move our country forward.
Lisa Madigan is the first woman elected to serve as Attorney General of Illinois, Madigan is now the senior most female Attorney General in the country.
While pursuing her undergraduate degree at Georgetown University, Madigan worked in Senator Paul Simon’s office. Before seeking her law degree, she taught math and English to underprivileged Zulu girls in Apartheid-era South Africa. When Madigan returned to Chicago, she developed an innovative after-school and weekend program to keep kids away from gangs and drugs in the Austin and Logan Square communities of Chicago.
She resides in Chicago with her husband Pat Byrnes, who is a cartoonist and contributor for The New Yorker, and their two daughters.
Secretary of State
Jesse White is Illinois’ 37th Secretary of State. Prior to his election as Secretary of State, White served as Cook County Recorder of Deeds in 1992 and re-elected in 1996. Before that, he served 16 years in the Illinois General Assembly, representing the most culturally, economically and racially diverse district in Illinois.
In 1959, White founded the internationally known Jesse White Tumbling Team to serve as a positive alternative for children residing in and around the Chicago area.
White served our country as a paratrooper in the U.S. Army’s 101st Airborne Division and as a member of the Illinois National Guard and Reserve. He played professional baseball with the Chicago Cubs organization, which was followed by a 33-year career with the Chicago public
school system as a teacher and administrator.
He now lives on Chicago’s near north side.
Mike Frerichs was born and raised in the small farming community of Gifford, Illinois (pop. 975). His father is a Teamster truck driver and his mother was a university secretary and AFSCME member. He graduated from Rantoul Township High School (1991) and four years later from Yale
Mike returned home with a desire to serve his community. He taught at his alma mater, Rantoul Township High School and was elected to the Champaign County Board and was Champaign County Auditor. He also served as a volunteer firefighter and on the board of a local non-profit nursing home.
In 2007, Mike was sworn in as the 52nd District State Senator, which includes parts of Champaign and Vermilion Counties.
In 2014, Mike was elected as Illinois State Treasurer, he will continue to make tough decisions,
and bring leadership, transparency, and accountability to an office that desperately needs it.
Mike currently resides in Champaign and has a daughter named Ella. His slogan, “Standing Tall for Illinois,” is a play on his height. At 6 feet 8 inches, Mike is one of the tallest legislators in Illinois history, standing four inches taller than Abraham Lincoln.
Fred Crespo, a Democrat from Hoffman Estates, serves as a full-time legislator representing the people of the 44th district since 2006.
Fred began his service to the community by volunteering on the Hoffman Estates Cultural Awareness Commission and the Hoffman Estates Plan Commission. In 2005 Crespo was elected to Village Trustee in Hoffman Estates. Crespo also volunteered as a track and field head coach at St. Hubert Catholic School in Hoffman Estates
Fred graduated from Loyola University of Chicago and attended Chicago Kent College of Law. He held an executive position at Peoples Energy where he worked from 1979 until 2003. Crespo is also a currently licensed real estate broker.
Fred has been married for 28 years to his college sweetheart Dorothy. Together they have
two daughters, Jennifer and Stephanie.
Anna has spent her career in public service working in local communities to improve the quality of life of residents in Northern Illinois. She has a BA in History and Master of Public Administration (MPA) from Northern Illinois University. She is an experienced public administration professional working in economic development, community planning, budgeting and non-profit management.
She is an active volunteer in the Elgin community and has served on the Human Relations Commission, Planning and Development Commission, as Vice-President of the Northeast Neighborhood Association, Treasurer of the Channing Elementary School PTO, tutor for the Literacy Connection, member of the design team for the Elgin Math and Science Elementary Charter School and as an elected member of the Elgin City Council
Anna resides in Elgin with her husband Marc and their two daughters, Madeline (11) and Eleanor (8). Her husband Marc is a middle school teacher in the Barrington 220 School District.