Marge Laurino

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Marge Laurino

b. June 17, 1952

Chicago, 39th Ward Alderman (1994-)
Illinois, 5th District State Central Committeewoman (1986-2002)

39th Ward Map - City Ward Map

The Laurino family, once part of Vito Marzullo's West Side Italian organization, has controlled Democratic politics in the 39th Ward since Mayor Richard J. Daley. Marge Laurino, daughter of former 39th Ward Alderman and Democratic Committeeman Anthony Laurino, is an extension of the dynasty.

Marge was not the original heir to the Ward. In 1994 Tony Laurino was indicted in a broad federal ghost-payrolling investigation that later convicted Marge Laurino's brother-in-law, John D'Amico, Sr., and Marge's sister, Marie D'Amico. Since then-State Rep. Bill Laurino was retiring from politics, the Alderman seat fell to Marge, and then the Committeeman job to her husband Randy Barnette. Tony Laurino died before his case could go to trial.

Laurino's first election was difficult, as she was forced into a runoff election against Anthony Fornelli, who was backed by neighboring 33rd Ward Alderman Richard Mell.

In the past, a Laurino-Barnette endorsement could make a big difference to a candidate. Although they do not have the organization strength to push much beyond their ward boundaries, evidenced by Barnette's 1998 State Senate loss to Team Jan ally Ira Silverstein, Laurino built a close alliance with Mayor Richard M. Daley, and mostly avoided difficult reelection campaigns since she was first elected.

The Barnette-Laurino team has made some inroads, as they have helped their nephew, John D'Amico, Jr. get elected to Bill Laurino's old Northwest Side State Representative seat in 2008.

In 2015 Laurino had a close call, missing a runoff by a mere 360 votes to Robert Murphy. Murphy has committed himself to defeating Laurino in 2019. He took one step closer by defeating Larino's former chief of staff, Patrick Molloy 55-45% in the 2016 campaign for 39th Ward Democratic Committeeman.

Laurino is twice a graduate of Northeastern Illinois University, with a B.A. in Education and an M.A. in History. She is currently President Pro Tempore of the City Council which puts her in the Council chairman seat when the Mayor steps away, but also gives her oversight of the Council's Legislative Research Bureau, a small office that researches and drafts legislation for Council members.

Current Chicago City Council Committees:

  • Chicago City Council, President Pro Tempore
  • Committee on Budget and Government Operations
  • Committee on Committees, Rules and Ethics
  • Committee on Finance
  • Committee on Workforce Development and Audit
  • Committee on Zoning, Landmarks and Building Standards

Education

  • St. Edward’s Elementary School
  • Alvernia High School
  • Northeastern Illinois University, B.A., Education
  • Northeastern Illinois University, M.A., History

Important Political Events

Sources

http://www.aldermanlaurino.com/about.php
http://www.russstewart.com/1-29-03.htm
http://www.russstewart.com/6-7-06.htm
http://www.ipsn.org/characters/damico/damicos_lineage_cuts_both_ways.htm