Cook County Commissioner Peter Silvestri (R-9) was elected to the Board in 1994 and is currently serving his fourth term. The 9th District includes the northwest side of the City of Chicago, the City of Park Ridge, the Villages of River Forest, Elmwood Park, River Grove, Rosemont, Norridge, Harwood Heights, and portions of Oak Park, Melrose Park, Niles, Morton Grove, Schiller Park and unincorporated Norwood Park and Maine Townships.
The 51-year-old has supported conservative spending and controlled tax policies and actions. According to his Web site, "Silvestri has consistently opposed new taxes, stressing a need to reform practices before additional taxation." He currently serves as vice-chairman of more committees than any other commissioner.
He is opposed to tax increases: including real estate, sales, gasoline, hotel, restaurant, taxi cab and parking taxes. He advocates reforming the Juvenile detention center and imposing a "new tough ethics ordinance."
Silvestri is a graduate of DePaul University and its Law School.
Campaign Site: http://www.petersilvestri.org/about.html