|Member of the Illinois House of Representatives
from the 11th district
|Preceded by||Rod Blagojevich|
|Succeeded by||Ann Williams|
March 2, 1964 |
Bossier City, Louisiana
|Alma mater||University of Michigan|
John Alden Fritchey, IV (born March 2, 1964) is a Democratic member of the Cook County Board of Commissioners, representing the 12th District since 2010, and a zoning attorney in Chicago. He was a state representative to the Illinois House of Representatives, and was a former candidate in a Democratic primary for the United States House of Representatives in 2009.
Early life and career
John Fritchey was born at Barksdale Air Force Base in Bossier City, Louisiana. His father John Alden Fritchey, III was a native of Olney, Illinois and a Vietnam veteran. His mother emigrated from Morocco. After living in Olney, home to three generations of his father's family, and later in Belleville, Illinois, John and his mother moved to Chicago where he attended grammar school and high school at the The Latin School of Chicago.
In 1992, Fritchey married Karen Banks, the niece of 36th ward Chicago Alderman and ward committeeman William Banks, long-time chairman of the City Council Committee on Zoning.
Fritchey is an attorney in private practice. with a specialty in the area of zoning. Fritchey does zoning work before the Chicago City Council's Committee on Zoning. Fritchey is a lobbyist registered with the City of Chicago.
In 2002 Fritchey represented hip hop record producer Rudy Acosta, president of Legion Records, in a zoning change to permit the construction of "a 44-foot-high, approximately 7,000-square-foot structure festooned with turrets and battlements" in the residential neighborhood of Independence Park on Chicago's northwest side. The City of Chicago's Department of Zoning advised against the zoning change. Neighbors complained they never were told of the proposed zoning change despite a requirement they be notified by certified mail. Fritchey said the residents may not have read the notices: "...if they don't like the zoning change they shouldn't blame me because they didn't pay attention to the notice." Fritchey threatened the neighbors with a defamation lawsuit.
Illinois State Representative
Failed campaign in Democratic primary for US House of Representatives
Fritchey was one of many candidates who ran for former US Representative Rahm Emanuel's seat in Illinois's 5th congressional district special election, 2009. In the primary election on March 3, 2009. Fritchey finished second to Mike Quigley in the 12-way race for the Democratic Party nomination. Quigley bested Fritchey in Fritchey's home district, the 11th Illinois Legislative District, and in Fritchey's home ward, the 32nd.
Chicago ward committeeman
Fritchey is the Democratic Party committeeman from the 32nd Ward of Chicago, an unpaid party position within the Cook County Democratic Party. In the summer of 2003, long-time 32nd Ward committeeman and former 32nd Ward alderman Theris "Terri" Gabinski announced he was stepping down from the committeeman post. On the day of the filing deadline, December 15, 2003, Fritchey filed to run, but later withdrew, and Gabinski ran unopposed. Four years later, in 2007, Gabinski again announced his retirement from committeeman. On July 27, 2007 Fritchey again announced his candidacy. Fritchey challenged the nominating petitions of his only challenger, Roger Romanelli, and Fritchey ran unopposed on February 5, 2008.
On February 14, 2012 Fritchey withdrew from the 2012 Committeeman election, leaving the post to challenger Alderman Scott Waguespack.
Cook County Commissioner
Fritchey declined to run for re-election to the Illinois House in 2010, instead running for a seat on the Cook County Board of Commissioners, formerly held by Forrest Claypool. Fritchey was endorsed by both Claypool as well as Congressman Mike Quigley. According to the Chicago Board of Elections, Fritchey won the election with 75 percent of the vote.
Fritchey's former father-in-law, Samuel V. P. Banks, was a criminal defense attorney with considerable influence in Chicago's 36th Ward on the Far Northwest Side until his death in 2010. A former Cook County prosecutor and Chicago police officer, Samuel Banks was called a powerful behind-the-scenes figure in his brother William's 36th Ward Democratic organization.
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