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Anthony DeLuca is State Representative of the 80th District.
With a state economy facing significant challenges, DeLuca is using the lessons he learned when mayor of Chicago Heights, (2003-2009) and Chief of Operations for Skyline Disposal Company, a third-generation family-owned business, and is applying his nearly 25 years of private sector business experience to solving the state's fiscal crisis through a renewed focus on how state government can operate more efficiently.
During his tenure as mayor of Chicago Heights, DeLuca made building a more responsive and fiscally responsible government a top priority. As mayor, DeLuca reduced the number of salaried employees by 20 percent and reorganized the city-funded health care plan to mirror the private-sector. This move made the plan more efficient and financially sustainable. These measures helped Chicago Heights' budget remain solvent.
To expand economic growth and create private sector jobs, DeLuca engineered a policy that sold unused city-owned property to private entities to get them back on the tax rolls. The goal was to attract businesses and create jobs in the community. It worked. In fact, at a time when the unemployment rate in many Chicago-area communities was rising, it was decreasing in Chicago Heights, thanks in part to this initiative.
DeLuca is a longtime supporter of a third regional airport in the Southland, and in 2013 he voted to give the Illinois Department of Transportation the authority to build the South Suburban Airport in Peotone. DeLuca also worked with other Southland legislators to urge members of the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning's policy committee to approve the construction of the Illiana Expressway/Tollway, which would connect Interstate 55 with Interstate 65 in Indiana for improved transportation in the region. DeLuca remains focused on the development of the Metra Southeast Service Line running from Chicago to Crete.
As a believer in open and honest government that is accountable to taxpayers, DeLuca has voted for laws to cut lawmakers' salaries by forcing them to work without pay and he rejected pay increases for legislators and other elected officials. DeLuca is a 2010 recipient of the Best Legislative Voting Record Award by the Board of Directors of the Independent Voters of Illinois for his independent voting record emphasizing open, honest government.
DeLuca is committed to creating safer communities and stronger neighborhoods. He created a new alert system in Chicago Heights that informs residents of emergencies in the community, and a crime-free housing ordinance to improve public safety and the quality of life.
Prior to serving as mayor, DeLuca worked to improve local schools for eight years as a member and president of the Bloom Township High School District 206 Board of Education. DeLuca was instrumental in reactivating and expanding the Industrial Education Program in the Bloom Schools.
DeLuca has been active in the community for many years as a coach and director for the Chicago Heights Small Fry basketball and an active supporter of the Chicago Heights Drama Group.
DeLuca is a recipient of the 2004 Italo-American National Union David Award, the 2006 IAET Civic Pride Award, the 2010 Chicago Southland Chamber of Commerce Outstanding Leaders Under 40, the 2010 Cook County Farm Bureau Friend of Agriculture Award, the 2010 Best Legislative Voting Record by the Independent Voters of Illinois, the 2011 Highest Voting Record Supporting the Agricultural Community from Will County Farm Bureau, and the 2011 Public Official of the Year by the Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police (ILACP).
Born and raised in Chicago Heights, DeLuca graduated from Homewood-Flossmoor High School and Elmhurst College. He and his wife are the parents of three children.
DeLuca's 80th District includes Cook and Will counties, and he represents all or parts of Chicago Heights, Flossmoor, Frankfort, Glenwood, Hazel Crest, Homewood, Manhattan, Matteson, Mokena, Monee, New Lenox, Olympia Fields, Park Forest, Richton Park, South Chicago Heights, Steger, Symerton, University Park and Wilmington.