A 25-year Orland Park resident with more than 20 years of experience on the U.S. House of Representatives Legislative Staff has been appointed to represent the 37th District of the Illinois House for the remainder of the term vacated by Kevin McCarthy, D-Orland Park.
Charles W. "Chuck" Krezwick's appointment was announced today by Orland Park Mayor Dan McLaughlin in his role as Democratic Committeeman of Orland Township.
Krezwick, a 60-year resident of Chicago's south suburbs, has most recently served as Assistant to the Director in Orland Township. He previously served six years as a Calumet Park trustee, followed by two years as acting mayor in that town. He also served as Senior Services director in Calumet Township.
A Chicago native, Krezwick received a B.A. in Public Administration from Governors State University in 1988. He is a veteran of the United States Air Force. In addition to providing legislative support on Congressman Marty Russo's staff, Krezwick helped solve constituent's problems and helped facilitate academy appointments.
McLaughlin said 17 of the 22 residents of the 37th District submitting resumes and answering questionnaires were initially considered for the post. McLaughlin said he and the Bremen, Rich and Frankfort township committeemen, along with State Rep. Maggie Crotty, interviewed Krezwick and another candidate Saturday before settling on Krezwick.
"I feel strongly that with so many important issues facing the State of Illinois and our region and with only a 12-month term, Chuck, with his experience and background, is in the best position to have an impact. I believe he understands the issues and the system. There will be many important votes taking place this year and I am confident that he will serve our area admirably. I am especially happy to find someone that has his unique combination of municipal, township and federal government experience.
"In addition, with so many veterans in our communities now and so few veterans serving in the state legislature I am very happy to be in a position to appoint someone who will make sure veterans' needs are not forgotten."
McCarthy resigned the two-year position on Dec. 27, roughly midway through his eighth term.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun