John Millner

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John J. Millner
Member of the Illinois Senate
from the 28th District
In office
Preceded by Kathleen Wojcik
Succeeded by Dan Kotowski
Member of the Illinois House of Representatives from the 55th District
In office
Preceded by Rosemary Mulligan
Succeeded by Randy Ramey
Chief of Police of Elmhurst, Illinois
In office
Personal details
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Debbie Millner
Profession law enforcement

John J. Millner (born c. 1951[1]) is a former Republican member of the Illinois Senate, representing the 28th district from 2005 to 2013. He previously served as Illinois State Representative for the 55th district from 2003 to 2005, and as Chief of Police of Elmhurst, Illinois from 1986 to 2003. During his tenure, he has focused on legislation related to criminal justice, due to his academic and professional backgrounds.


Millner served on the police force of Elmhurst, Illinois for 30 years.[1] He then served as Chief of Police starting in 1986.[2] During his tenure, the Elmhurst Police Department launched community policing efforts, bike and motorcycle patrols, and a gun lock giveaway program.[1] In 2001 he served as President of the Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police,[3] and he is also a former President of the DuPage County Chiefs of Police Association.[1]

In 2002, Millner ran for the State Representative position from the Republican-leaning 55th District. He won the Republican party's nomination in March, defeating Randy Ramey.[1] Later that year in August, Millner announced that he would resign from his position as Elmhurst Chief of Police.[1] The election took place in November, with Millner defeating the Democratic candidate, Steve Bruesewitz.[4]

Millner served as a State Representative for two years.[5] With the retirement of State Senator Kathleen Wojcik in July 2005, local Republican leaders appointed Millner to fill the vacancy.[6] Millner first finished Wojcik's term, then was elected to a four-year term in 2006. He was reelected to another term in 2010, defeating Democratic challenger Corinne Pierog.[7] The Chicago Tribune endorsed Millner in the 2010 election.[8]

Because of his background in law enforcement, Millner is known for his work on criminal justice legislation,[5] having served as the Republican spokesperson on the Illinois Senate's criminal law committee.[9] His contributions include an anti-stalking law and a bill that requires lead homicide investigators to undergo more interrogation training, to reduce the likelihood of false confessions.[8] He is also known to promote bipartisan cooperation.[5]

Personal life[edit]

Millner is the President of John Millner Inc., a law enforcement training company.[10] He earned an associate's degree from Triton College, a bachelor's degree in social justice from Lewis University, and a master's degree in criminal justice administration from Western Illinois University.[11]

Millner has two children and two grandchildren. His wife, Debbie Millner, died in May 1, 2012, after a long battle with cancer. He had announced in September 2011 that he would not seek re-election to his Senate position to spend more time with his wife.[12]


  1. ^ a b c d e f Shallwani, Pervaiz (23 August 2002). "With eyes on Statehouse, Elmhurst's chief to retire". Chicago Tribune. 
  2. ^ Chase, John (12 January 2002). "Sheriff now heads campaign of Philip's stepson ; Zaruba discounts early support of other candidate". Chicago Tribune. 
  3. ^ "Past Presidents of the Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police". Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police. Retrieved 23 December 2012. 
  4. ^ Greco, Carmen (6 November 2002). "Chief of police now an Illinois legislator". Daily Herald. 
  5. ^ a b c Riopell, Mike (2 September 2011). "Millner won’t run again". Daily Herald. Retrieved 23 December 2012. 
  6. ^ Fuller, James (2 July 2005). "First-term legislator to fill Wojcik's seat". Daily Herald. 
  7. ^ Santana, Marco (3 November 2010). "Millner retains seat in Senate". Daily Herald. 
  8. ^ a b "For the Illinois Senate". Chicago Tribune. 27 September 2010. 
  9. ^ Lester, Kerry (17 November 2011). "Senators support steps to reduce wrongful convictions in Illinois". Daily Herald. 
  10. ^ "State Senate District 28". Daily Herald. 22 October 2010. 
  11. ^ "Senator John J. Millner (R)". Illinois General Assembly. Retrieved 30 December 2012. 
  12. ^ "Millner’s wife loses battle with cancer". My Suburban Life. 1 May 2012. Retrieved 23 December 2012. 

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Preceded by
Kay Wojcik
Illinois State Senator 28th District
2005 — 2013
Succeeded by
Dan Kotowski
Preceded by
Rosemary Mulligan
Illinois State Representative 55th district
2003 — 2005
Succeeded by
Randy Ramey