Rep. Michael J. Zalewski

23rd District

Suburban District Office
1 Riverside Road
2nd Floor South
Riverside, IL 60546
(708) 442-6500
(708) 442-6501 FAX

Capitol Office
243-E Stratton Building
Springfield, IL 62706
(217) 524-0449
(217) 557-1934 (Fax)


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Michael J. Zalewski is in his third term as State Representative, serving the residents of the 23rd District. He works to bring a pragmatic approach to governing and is focused on getting results for his constituents.

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 remaining competitive during these challenging economic times. Zalewski has championed a number of important pieces of legislation, including Illinois' first racketeering statute and creation of an Independent Tax Tribunal.

Zalewski currently serves as the Chairperson of the Health Care Licenses Committee and Vice-Chairperson of the Revenue & Finance Committee. Zalewski is also a member of the Appropriations–Public Safety, Environment, Judiciary and Personnel & Pensions committees.

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. 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 and 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. In June 2013, Zalewski left Chico & Nunes to join Krieg DeVault LLP.

Zalewski is a graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he received a bachelor's degree in political science, and the John Marshall Law School, where he received his law degree.

Zalewski resides in Riverside with his wife and their two children.

The 23rd Representative District is a culturally and ethnically diverse district encompassing all or portions of Bedford Park, Berwyn, Bridgeview, Brookfield, Burbank, Cicero, Countryside, Hickory Hills, Hodgkins, Justice, La Grange, La Grange Park and Riverside in suburban Cook County.

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