Tom Balanoff is the president of Service Employees International Union Illinois Council and the Vice President of its International Executive Board, as well as the President of SEIU Local 1 with 40,000 janitors and security guards. He comes from a family of labor union officials. His father, James Balanoff, Jr., was the president of the largest United Steelworkers local in the country which was Local 1010 based in East Chicago, Indiana. He received a Master's degree in Labor from the University of Illinois.
Balanoff is believed to be the unnamed "SEIU official" mentioned in the December 9, 2008 federal criminal complaint against Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich. His name was also mentioned at the Blagojevich trial as a person Barack Obama called to help Valerie Jarrett replace him as a senator.
- Declaration of Tom Balanoff, October 2, 2008.
- Greenhouse, Steven (2008-12-12). "Union is caught up in Illinois bribe case". The New York Times. p. A31. Retrieved 2009-01-22.
Zeleny, Jeff (2008-12-24). "Obama report outlines talks on Senate seat". The New York Times. p. A1. Retrieved 2009-01-22.
Fusco, Chris (2008-12-29). "More pieces to senate seat puzzle; Obama report helps fill in blanks in Blagojevich case". Chicago Sun-Times. p. 8. Retrieved 2009-01-22.
- Blago trial produces no bombshells but casts doubt on Obama’s truthfulness
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