John D'Amico, Jr.
b. June 12, 1962
Illinois, State Representative (2004-)
John D'Amico comes from Northwest Side political royalty, albeit a tainted one. His aunt, Marge Laurino is the 39th Ward Alderman, but his father, John D'Amico, Sr., and his mother and grandfather, former Ald. Anthony Laurino were all indicted in an early 1990's ghost payroll scheme. Anthony died before trial, but his mother and father were convicted and sent to federal prison. His brother, James D'Amico, was convicted of misdemeanor phone harassment of a political candidate his family was backing.
Thus, it goes without saying, the D'Amico-Laurino family does not treat politics lightly.
John, who has a "day job" in the Chicago Water Department, ran for State Representative when redistricting created an open seat (incidentally remapping two friends and incumbents, Ralph Capparelli and Michael McAuliffe together into the district next door) and an opportunity in 2004. John managed to beat credible opposition in both the Democratic primary and the general election that year, but has yet to have a serious opponent since then.
Important Political Events
- 2004, Elected State Representative, defeating Dennis Fleming in Democratic primary and Bill Miceli in general, replacing Ralph Capparelli