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Among Zalewski’s top priorities are cracking down on repeat criminal offenders, crafting stronger consumer protection laws to protect senior citizens from deceptive business practices, and creating tax incentives that allow small businesses to become more environmentally-friendly while still remaining competitive during these challenging economic times.
For the 97th General Assembly, Zalewski has been appointed to serve as the Chairman of the Elections & Campaign Reform Committee and the Health Care Licenses Committee. Zalewski also serves as a member of the Revenue & Finance Committee, Appropriations-Elementary & Secondary Education Committee, Judiciary I - Civil Law Committee, Appropriations-Public Safety Committee, Business Occupational Licenses Committee, Finance Committee and Housing and Property Subcommittee.
Zalewski began his career as an aide in the governor’s office before joining the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office and serving as a criminal prosecutor from November 2004 until July 2007. While working as an assistant state’s attorney, he handled a variety of offenses, including the prosecution of drug dealers and drunk-driving cases. As a young litigator, he tried over 200 cases in the largest court system in the United States and successfully took seven jury trials to verdict.
In July 2007, Zalewski accepted an associate position with the law firm of Chico & Nunes, P.C., where he practiced in a variety of civil fields, including corporate, zoning, and municipal regulatory law. While in private practice, he helped not-for-profit organizations strengthen their community ties and advocated for small businesses in the Chicagoland area that sought to create new jobs and expand their operations.
Zalewski is a graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he obtained a bachelor’s degree in political science, and the John Marshall Law School from which he received his law degree.
Zalewski lives in Riverside with his wife and two children.
The 21st Representative District is a culturally and ethnically diverse district encompassing a portion of the 23rd Ward in the City of Chicago, and all or portions of Berwyn, Brookfield, Forest View, LaGrange, LaGrange Park, Countryside, Lyons, McCook, Riverside, Stickney and Summit in suburban Cook County.