Frank Olivo

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Frank Olivo

b. June 26, 1953

Chicago, 13th Ward Alderman (1994-2011)

Frank Olivo rose up the ranks in the Chicago tradition. A 13th Ward Democratic precinct captain since he was 18, Olivo loyally soldiered on, earning appointment as 13th Ward Streets and Sanitation superintendent, and eventually alderman, when his predecessor, John Madrzyk, was named Chicago Director of Special Events. Along the way Olivo became a protege of (now) Illinois Speaker of House Michael Madigan. Olivo and Madigan's 13th Ward offices were next to each other at 6500 S. Pulaski.

Olivo worked a number of odd jobs, including as kitchen staff at the old Von Solbrig Memorial Hospital (now his office at 6500 S. Pulaski) and then a series of government jobs, until he was appointed 13th Ward Streets and Sanitation superintendent and then appointed alderman in 1994.

Madigan and Mayor Richard M. Daley were long-time allies, so Olivo was a steady vote for Daley in City Council. But as Madigan's lieutenant, Olivo is kept busy overseeing a significant number of patronage jobs throughout the city. Olivo also acts as Madigan's chief liaison when city and state matters cross and occasionally manages political operations on the Southwest Side and in the West Cook County suburbs.

Olivo had no political fundraising committee. As one of Madigan's chief lieutenants, he never needed to worry about raising money.

In 2011 Olivo retired his seat and was replaced by fellow Madigan precinct captain Marty Quinn


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