The County of DuPage
Wheaton, Illinois
 

Dan Cronin Biography

Biographical Information

Dan Cronin won election to the office of DuPage County Board Chairman in November 2010 with more than 63% of the vote. Endorsed by the Chicago Tribune, Daily Herald and Sun Publications newspapers, Cronin has pledged to bring more fiscal accountability and greater efficiency to county government. First elected to the Illinois Senate in 1992, his accomplishments over the past 18 years reflect his commitment to taxpayers, children, senior citizens and small business owners. At a time when leadership and vision are needed in public office, Dan Cronin is prepared to lead county government while preserving the quality of life that makes DuPage County special.

Dan’s role as a reformer has required him to take on special interest groups and elected officials on both sides of the aisle. The Daily Herald says Cronin “...won’t be complacent. He’s already shown he’s not afraid to shake things up.” Some of Cronin’s accomplishments in the Illinois legislature include:

Reformer

  • Sponsor of DuPage County property tax cap legislation to halt double-digit increases in annual real estate taxes;
  • Consistent vote against attempts to raise income tax rate on families and small businesses;
  • Supported bill to require a 3/5 majority vote by General Assembly to increase any taxes;
  • Halted legislation to impose a Gross Receipts Tax that would have crippled small businesses;
  • Advocated property tax caps for seniors citizens as well as returning veterans.

Education Reformer

  • Chief sponsor of the Chicago Public School reform that demanded local accountability as well as improved standards for teachers, administrators and students;
  • Co-sponsor of voucher bill to help children in Chicago's lowest performing public schools;
  • Secured millions in funding for new school construction in suburban districts;
  • Former chairman, then minority chairman, of the Illinois Senate Education Committee, which oversees every key education issue in the state;
  • Strong advocate for new approaches to public education, such as charter schools and alternatives to teacher certification to expedite the hiring of new, qualified teachers.

Good Government Reformer

  • Authored legislation to overhaul the troubled DuPage Water Commission by removing board of directors, eliminating a quarter-cent sales tax levy to fund the agency and allowing more oversight from the DuPage County Board.
  • Sponsor of recall legislation to permit voters to remove elected officials from public office;
  • Reformed eminent domain laws to protect private property owners from government intervention;
  • Created laws to improve security at schools, protect women and children from domestic violence, strengthen teen driving laws and reduce gun violence.

Dan is a resident of Elmhurst where he lives with his wife, Juliann, and their four children. He is partner in the Oak Brook law firm Power and Cronin. He is a graduate of Fenwick High School with a B.A. from Northwestern University and a J.D. from Loyola Law School. Cronin served in the DuPage County State's Attorney's Office in the late 1980s. He serves on the board of directors for the Ray Graham Association, Joseph Academy and the Family Shelter Service Advisory Council.