About John

A Career in Public Service

On December 6, 2010, John Fritchey was sworn in as Cook County Commissioner of the 12th District.  In his first term as a commissioner, John has already begun pushing for reform and transparency at the county level.  He believes that the people of Cook County deserve to see their government’s systemic problems rectified.  By pursuing initiatives that will make Cook County government more responsive to its constituents – and by focusing on innovation, consolidation and efficiency – John has fought on behalf of the people he was elected to represent.  (To learn more about legislation, initiatives and outreach John is working on at Cook County, please click here).  John joined the Cook County Board after years of public service as an Illinois State Representative and Assistant Attorney General, and it is from this experience that he draws his understanding and forward-thinking.

The son of a Vietnam veteran, John Fritchey was born at the Barksdale Air Force Base in Bossier City, Louisiana.  John later moved to Chicago with his mother, where he attended both grammar and high school.  From there he received a bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of Michigan, and a law degree from Northwestern Law School.

Following law school, John began his civil service work as an Illinois Assistant Attorney General.  In this capacity, John represented Illinois in both state and federal courts, where he worked to advocate for victims and their families, ensure open and honest government, and protect consumer rights.

John Fritchey was elected to the Illinois House of Representatives in 1996. In his 14 years as a state legislator, John was an unwavering reform leader in Springfield, and served as the Chairman of the House Civil Judiciary Committee and Consumer Protection Committee.  Since first taking office, John has stayed true to the core values of ethical leadership, community development and government reform.  As a result, he earned himself a reputation as a steadfast leader and devoted champion of causes important to his constituents.  While he sponsored numerous government, ethics and campaign finance reform laws, some notable legislative accomplishments include:

  • Acting as the chief sponsor and instrumental proponent of legislation banning pay-to-play in politics.  This legislation prohibits significant campaign contributions by companies bidding for large state contracts. 
  • John sponsored and helped pass two pieces of legislation that reform how the state conducts business moving forward. The first bill changes Illinois’ procurement laws by insulating decisions from political influence; the second bill expands the Freedom of Information Act, creating more transparency in government operations. 
  • The formulation and passage of legislation requiring companies who receive TIF funds to return taxpayers money if they choose to close or relocate their business.     

At Cook County, John currently serves as the Chairman of the Technology Committee, and acts as the Vice Chair of both the Litigation Committee, and Legislation and Intergovernmental Relations Committee.  John is also a member of the Finance, Criminal Justice, Workers’ Compensation, Health & Hospitals, Homeland Security and Emergency Management, Law Enforcement, Roads & Bridges and Zoning & Building committees.