|Address||852 MACKLER DRIVE |
Chicago Heights, Illinois 60411, United States
|| 00, 1971
Dec 05, 2014 04:03pm
|Info||Democratic State Representative Anthony DeLuca is serving his first term in the Illinois House of Representatives representing the 80th District. |
With a state economy in peril, DeLuca is taking the lessons he has learned as mayor and Chief of Operations for Skyline Disposal Company, a third generation family-owned business, and applying them to solving the state’s fiscal crisis through a renewed focus on how state government can operate more efficiently and improve public services.
As the mayor of Chicago Heights, DeLuca made building a more responsive and fiscally responsible government a top priority, an effort he will duplicate in Springfield. DeLuca reduced the number of salaried employees by twenty percent and revamped the city-funded health care plan to require that municipal employees contribute to the cost of their health insurance, as is required of private-sector workers.
To create economic growth, DeLuca engineered a policy that sold off unused city-owned property to private entities. The end result was to attract businesses and create new jobs in the community. In fact, at a time when the unemployment rate in many Chicago area communities was rising, it was decreasing in Chicago Heights thanks, in part, to this initiative.
DeLuca is a longtime supporter of a third regional airport in the Southland to serve the Chicago region and he also favors the location of a new casino in the South Suburbs. In addition, he plans to continue his work to develop a Metra Southeast Service Line and he strongly supports the construction of the Star Line.
As a believer in open and honest government that is accountable to taxpayers, DeLuca will use his position in the General Assembly to fight for ethics reforms that puts the era of George Ryan and Rod Blagojevich firmly in the past.
The married father of three, DeLuca is committed to creating safer communities and stronger neighborhoods. He helped establish a new alert system in Chicago Heights that informs residents of emergencies in the community, and because of his efforts to put more police officers on the streets crime has gone down year after year.
Prior to serving as mayor, DeLuca worked to improve local schools for eight years as a member and later President of the Bloom Township High School District 206 Board of Education.
DeLuca has been active in the community for many years as a coach and director for the Chicago Heights Small Fry basketball team, an active supporter of the Chicago Heights Drama Group, a member of the South Suburban Mayors and Managers Association Transportation Committee, and a member of the Chicago Heights Kiwanis Club. DeLuca also is a recipient of the 2004 Italo-American National Union David Award, the 2006 Mt. Carmel High School “Fitz Award,” and a recipient of the 2006 IAET Civic Pride Award.
Born and raised in Chicago Heights, DeLuca graduated from Homewood-Flossmoor High School and Elmhurst College. He and his wife, Sarah, are the parents of three children.
The 80th District spans South Suburban Cook County, including all of Chicago Heights, Crete, Sauk Village, South Chicago Heights, and Steger, and parts of Beecher, Flossmoor, Glenwood, Homewood, Lansing, Lynwood, Olympia Fields, Park Forest, and University Park. The district also includes all of Crete Township in Will County.