|Stickney Township Supervisor|
|Preceded by||Howard T. Scheulin|
|Member of the Illinois Senate
from the 11th district
January 1995 – January 2011
|Preceded by||Gary LaPaille|
|Succeeded by||Steven M Landek|
|Township Service Party|
|Service/branch||United States Army|
Viverito served in the Korean War, and is a three-time decorated veteran. In 1969, Viverito began his career in public service when he was elected Stickney Township Democratic Committeeman. Viverito was later elected as a delegate in the 1972 Democratic Convention.
Since 1973, Viverito served as the Supervisor of Stickney Township and President of Stickney Township’s Public Health District. He succeeded Howard T. Scheulin, who chose not to seek re-election. Viverito also worked as a Commissioner of the Metropolitan Sanitary District of Greater Chicago (now the Water Reclamation District) from 1980 to 1986. He was later appointed as a member of the Cook County Zoning Board of Appeals.
Viverito is active in many community organizations. His positions include Local Chairman of the Chicago Lung Association and former Chairman of the Burbank Chamber of Commerce. Currently, Viverito is an associate member for the Crisis Center of South Suburbia for Abused Women, a life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, a member of the American Legion and a former member of the Moraine Valley Community College Economic Development Board.
Viverito was elected in 1994 as state senator. Viverito served as Minority Whip for the Senate Democratic Caucus for two years; in 2001 he was selected to serve as Assistant Majority Leader. He is a popular senator.
Viverito was named Democratic Legislator of the Year in 2000 by the Illinois State Crime Commission and Outstanding Legislator in 1999 by the Illinois Health Care Association.
Viverito served on seven committees: Appropriations II, Executive Subcommittee of Licensed Activities, Executive Subcommittee for State and Local Government, Executive, Executive Appointments, Mobile Homes, and Rules.
In June 2007, Viverito was told by Democratic Senate President Emil Jones that he was not welcome in a closed-door Senate meeting and was replaced on the Senate Rules Committee, allegedly due to Viverito's loyalty to Jones' rival, House Speaker Michael Madigan, whose district largely overlaps Viverito's.
Viverito sponsored a bill raising the eligibility threshold for senior citizens qualifying for the senior citizens property tax assessment freeze. This law helps more individuals qualify for an assessment freeze by raising the income threshold from $35,000 to $40,000. This caps the annual increases on the property tax assessment of the homes of individuals 65 years or older who have applied for the freeze.
Senator Viverito and his wife, Carolyn, have three children and five grandchildren.
- "Scheulin won't seek re-election in 1973". Suburbanite Economist. Chicago, Illinois. November 26, 1972. Retrieved April 5, 2017.
- DAVE MCKINNEY, CHRIS FUSCO AND WHITNEY WOODWARD (2007-06-06). "Democrats' spat boils over: Jones sidelines Madigan pal". Chicago Sun-Times. Retrieved 2007-07-16.
- Illinois General Assembly - Senator Louis Viverito (D) 11th District official IL Senate website
- Follow the Money - Louis S Viverito
- Illinois State Senate Democrats - Senator Louis S. Viverito profile