|Member of the Illinois Senate
from the 21st district
January 13, 1993 – November 2010 (resigned)
|Succeeded by||Ronald Sandack|
November 7, 1959 |
Early life, education and career
Cronin grew up in Elmhurst, Illinois. He graduated from Immaculate Conception Grammar School and Fenwick High School. He earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from Northwestern University and a juris doctor degree from the Loyola University School of Law. He was Assistant State’s Attorney in DuPage County from 1987 to 1989; Legal counsel for House of Representatives from 1985 to 1987. Partner in the law firm of Power & Cronin, Ltd. of Oak Brook.
Illinois General Assembly
Committees on Education, (minority spokesperson); Judiciary Civil Law; Pensions and Investments; Legislative Reference Bureau.
Cronin first gained attention in 1991 as an Illinois Representative fighting for tax relief and smaller government. In 1993, he moved to the Illinois Senate, where he pushed legislation to extend property tax caps to Cook County homeowners. He has sponsored and passed legislation to improve teacher competency; was chief sponsor of landmark Chicago School Reform. Moved by the “Baby Richard” case of contested adoption, Cronin sponsored new law focusing on best interest of the child. He was known to be a vocal advocate and sponsor of tough, effective law enforcement legislation, including anti-terrorism and truth-in-sentencing laws.
Cronin and his wife, Juliann, have four children: Elizabeth, Sarah, Grace and Danny.
DuPage County Republican County Chairman; York Township Republican Committeeman; Illinois State Bar Association; DuPage County Bar Association; The DuPage Marine Corps League; Elmhurst Knights of Columbus; Elmhurst YMCA Board of Directors; Joseph Academy Board of Directors; Community Bank of Elmhurst Board of Directors; Ray Graham Association Board of Directors in Downers Grove; Fenwick High School Board of Directors; College of DuPage Business Leader Advisory Board; member – Immaculate Conception Parish.
Illinois Environmental Council Honor Roll; Crain’s Chicago Business “Forty Under 40” recognition; Legislative Leadership Award from the Illinois Vietnam Veterans Leadership Program; National Federation of Independent Business voting record recognition; State Chamber of Commerce voting record recognition; Ray Graham Association Legislative Leadership Award; Elmhurst Family YMCA Chairman’s Roundtable Award; DeBoer Committee for Children’s Rights “Hear My Voice” Award; TLC Camp for Children with Cancer Appreciation Award and the Golden Apple Foundation for Excellence in Education Award, among others.