|Date of birth:||January 23, 1970|
|Place of birth:||Arlington Heights, Illinois|
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James William Schwantz (born January 23, 1970 in Arlington Heights, Illinois) is the Mayor of Palatine, Illinois. He is a former American football linebacker in the National Football League for the Chicago Bears, Dallas Cowboys, and the San Francisco 49ers.
He went to the Pro Bowl after the 1996 NFL season as a special teams player. Schwantz played college football at Purdue University. He is a notable graduate of William Fremd High School in Palatine, Illinois. Schwantz is also a contributor to the WBBM 780AM Chicago Bears Broadcast Team along with former players Jay Hilgenberg and Tom Thayer, plus announcers Jeff Joniak and Ron Gleason.
Jim Schwantz played in 78 NFL games and was credited with 39 tackles, amounting to half a tackle per game. He made 35 of his tackles in his three years with Dallas. He also made the Pro Bowl in 1996 and was in the Super Bowl.
Mayor of Palatine
On April 7, 2009, he secured 42% of the vote, defeating 20-year incumbent Rita Mullins, who ended up placing a distant third in a four-way mayoral race. Schwantz was sworn into office as Mayor of Palatine on May 4, 2009. He was re-elected to a second term as mayor in 2013, running unopposed.
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