Elmhurst, Illinois , United States
|| September 14, 1949
Oct 29, 2006 04:30pm
|Info||Joe was born on September 14th, 1949 in Evanston, IL as Joseph F. Vosicky Jr. His mother is Ruth Besser Vosicky. Joseph F. Vosicky Sr. was a banker with Continental Bank for fifty years. Joe's mother, Ruth, is still vital and active, living at her home in Hinsdale into which the Vosicky family moved in 1959. Joe has one sister, Gloria, who actively supports Joe in his community development and political career. Joe’s father passed away in 1984. Joe started school in Rogers Park at St. Margaret Mary where he remained through the beginning of the fourth grade. Then the family moved to Hinsdale and Joe attended Monroe Annex through the fifth grade and later Hinsdale Jr. High and Hinsdale Central High School. |
Joe can never remember a time when his parents or grandparents were not doing some community or organizational activity. They were ecumenical before it became fashionable. His dad had eight siblings (seven boys, two girls). All seven brothers were in US Army uniform in 1943 when their father died. Family, church, job and country were their touchstones; then the volunteer work for vacation. Joe's Dad was bi-lingual before it was popular. At 84 his grandmother was secretary of the Methodist Church Board. In the 1950s his mom was in the first Mothers' March of Dimes and at 83 she is a member and former President of The Women's Club of Hinsdale. His parents' consistent message was: "Tell the truth and follow the Golden Rule." This was what they thought it meant to be American. Joe has worked with children’s organizations since he was in high school and that work has not ceased. The organizations that he has worked with include the Jaycees. He taught Sunday School classes at St. Procopius in the Pilsen neighborhood in the 1990s.
In 1968, Joe moved to Greencastle, Indiana to attend DePauw University where he graduated with a degree in History. While he was at college he joined the ROTC and was commissioned Second Lieutenant upon graduation in 1971. World events intervened; the Vietnam war wound down and Joe was honorably discharged ten years later.
While Joe was waiting for assignment, he participated on the Illinois Commission on Children where he worked to get the voting age lowered from twenty-one to eighteen. It made sense to Joe that since we were asking eighteen-year-olds to die for our country, they should be allowed to vote for their leaders.
From 1974-1979, Joe worked as a Northern Trust Banker, following in his father’s footsteps. As usual, it wasn’t enough for Joe to just have a full time job, he also managed to get his M.B.A. from DePaul University in Chicago during this time.
After working at the Northern Trust Bank, Joe went to law school and graduated from The John Marshall Law School in 1981. His extensive legal experience includes general practice; estates, trusts, and wills; and civil litigation. With the John Marshall Law School-Masaryk University Law Faculty exchange, Joe has made 12 trips to the Czech Republic. He hosted two law students, each for a semester, while they attended law school in Chicago. As a Fulbright Professor, Joe taught Contracts and Introduction to U.S. Law at Masaryk in Brno during the spring 2002 semester.
In 1988, Joe moved to Elmhurst, IL where he currently resides and is working for our community by running for State Representative for District 46.