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Cook County Commissioner Peter Silvestri will not run for re-election

Peter Silvestri

After 28 years serving as Cook County Commissioner representing the 9th

“It has been an honor for me to serve the residents of the 9th Ward for 28 years,” said Silvestri in a written statement. “It has been an extremely rewarding experience working with the President (Toni Preckwinkle) and the members of the Cook County’s Board of Commissioners, as well as the many talented and dedicated Cook County administrators and staff.”

Silvestri told the journal: “It is time. I’m only 65 and I want to travel, teach, and practice as a lawyer. ”He said he wasn’t sure if he was teaching political science or law, but said he would be comfortable as a teacher too.

The 9th District includes portions of Arlington Heights, Glenview, Morton Grove, Mount Prospect, Niles, Park Ridge, Prospect Heights, Rosemont, Elmwood Park, Melrose Park, Schiller Park, Harwood Heights, Norridge, River Forest, River Grove as well as none incorporated Maine and Norwood Park townships and portions of the Northwest Side of Chicago.

Silvestri told the Journal why he made the announcement explicitly on Wednesday, January 12th. January 12th is the first day for candidates to hand out petitions to run for his seat in the June primary. He said he would like to let possible candidates who might not have considered running if he were a likely candidate know that the field will be open. Silvestri said he had no concrete successor in mind that he could currently support as a candidate.

During his tenure as county commissioner, Silvestri also served six terms as mayor of Elmwood Park. When asked if he might consider returning to a local board or commission, Silvestri said he had “no thoughts at the moment”.

Silvestri is currently chairman of the zone and building committee and the district and forest protection district dispute settlement committee. He is also a member of the O’Hare Noise Compatibility Commission and a member of the Illinois Association of Counties.

He pointed to two major accomplishments he had made during his tenure: revising the district and building codes and enforcing litigation with a cap on fees charged by the district’s attorneys.

Silvestri is the only two Republicans currently on the county board along with Cook County Commissioner Sean Morrison (R-17th).

Silvestri said he didn’t see his role as particularly partisan. “I’ve always tried to represent everyone in my district,” he said. “Most of the issues (at the county level) are not Republican or Democratic. I’ve always had a lot of blue (Democrats) in my district. The people were good to me. ”

He said his goal has always been to examine the legislation in terms of how it will affect his constituents and the county as a whole.

Last year, Larry Suffredin, another veteran Cook County commissioner who represents parts of the suburbs to the north and northwest, also announced that he would not run for re-election this year.

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