John Fritchey

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John Fritchey

b. March 2, 1964

Cook County, 12th District Commissioner (2010-)
Illinois, State Representative (1996-2010)
Chicago, 32nd Ward Democratic Committeeman (2008-2012)

At the age of 32 John Fritchey was elected State Representative and was married to the daughter of one of Chicago's most powerful political families, the Bankses. As he made his way through Springfield, Fritchey was considered destined by many for some kind of greatness, it just hadn't become clear yet just what. He was a top fundraiser, elected a Democratic Committeeman in 2008, hitting all the right marks.

Then, somehow everything went sideways.

First, in 2009 Fritchey ran in a special election for Rahm Emanuel's Congressional seat after he vacated it to take a job as President Barack Obama's White House chief of staff. Narrowly missing the Democratic Party slating for the position, Fritchey lost the race, despite being one of the best funded candidates. Then, soon after losing the Congressional spot, Fritchey was subjected to a well-publicized divorce proceeding from his wife, ending his ties to the Banks family. Finally, in 2012, after years of low-level conflict with City Council Progressive Caucus leader Ald. Scott Waguespack, Fritchey chose to vacate his Democratic Ward Committeeman seat, rather than risk losing an election to him.

While the shine may have come off Fritchey, he continues to seek elected office. In 2010, Forrest Claypool left his County Board seat to run for County Assessor, and gave Fritchey his endorsement for his old seat. Fritchey ran and handily defeated former alderman and Democratic organization stalwart Ted Matlak for the job.

Since election to County Board Fritchey has aligned himself with progressive leader and Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle.


  • 1986, University of Michigan, B.A., Economics
  • 1989, Northwestern University, J.D.

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