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John Fritchey: Illinois State Representative

Updated on November 19, 2012

Illinois State Representative John Fritchey

Learn more about Illinois State Representative John Fritchey, who was also a candidate for the 5th Congressional district in 2009. Representative Fritchey is a long standing Chicago political force and works both within the Illinois State Legislature in Springfield as well as with his constituents in Chicago to make the state and city a better place to work, play and live.

Who Is John Fritchey?

John Fritchey was born at Barksdale Air Force Base in Bossier City, Louisiana, but was raised in Chicago, where he attended The Latin School of Chicago. He received a bachelor's degree in Economics from the University of Michigan, and a law degree for Northwestern University. After graduation, he worked as an Illinois Assistant Attorney General.

In 1996, Fritchey was first elected to the Illinois House of Representatives at the age of 32. Because of his youth at the time of his election and support from both established public officials and grassroots, he was called one of 100 Rising Stars to Watch by the Democratic Leadership Council. In his career as a state representative, John has focused on ethics, campaign finances, and consumer protection. He was named Democratic Leader of the Year by the Illinois State Crime Commission in 2001, and in 2002 helped pass the first significant campaign reform law in Illinois in years, outlawing the practice of campaign fundraising by state inspectors. In 2003, his work with another well known politician from Illinois - then State Senator Barack Obama - resulted in the passage of a comprehensive ethics bill in Illinois. Fritchey served as be Co-Chairman of the Tobacco Settlement Proceeds Committee and sponsored legislation to combine major healthcare initiatives with long-term savings and investment. He was also Chairman of the Consumer Protection Committee, where he led efforts to rein in escalating ATM fees, drafted and passed a law preventing retailers from printing full credit card numbers on receipts, and passed legislation out of the House to protect computer users from spyware.

In addition to his legislative work, Fritchey has taught as an adjunct professor in Political Science at Northwestern University. He has also created the John Fritchey Youth Foundation, designed to create educational and recreational opportunities for local children through academic and athletic programs.

Fritchey was a candidate for the 5th Congressional seat. The special election for Rahm Emanuel's former seat took place in the spring of 2009, and Michael Quigley was ultimately the winner.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      I applaud you submission of the Chloe's Bill legislation, What is the best way to get it passed? I am a volunteer for local shelters and The Humane Society.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Thanks, Fritchey, for taking a stand against rampant crime in Illinois.

      I like the idea of calling in the National Guard to seize the corporate headquarters of the biggest criminals in Illinois, the Insurance Companies and the public utilities. White collar crime is spit in the face of honest working people, and until justice is brought against these scum, there will be NO justice in Illinois.

      How is it that the gas and electric companies get away with stealing billions and then have to pay back millions as restitution? When we get honest politicians in Illinois, the white collar criminals will be executed for treason.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      The Honorable John Fritchey, "Thank You" for your stand against "Crime in the streets" of Illinois,major cities. Yes, we need the Law-Enforcement Officers "ON THE STREETS",not hidden away, waiting to be called.?If they don't to prevent crime, then give the job to a government agency who will patrol the streets. I, am sending you more info on this matter via regular mail. Respectfully yours RLE,IV

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      I am disappointed that you did not vote today when you had the opportunity to call for HB 24 to be considered by the House. Should you be silence -- as opposed to fighting for real political refomr -- on perhaps the most important long term issue in the Illinois Legislature? Al Sharp Protestants for the Common Good