State Representative Anthony DeLuca, Chairman of the House Cities & Villages Committee, is a strong voice for his constituents living in the 80th District. DeLuca continues to push state government to be more transparent while fighting for measures that will expand business development in the region with the goal of creating better paying jobs.
DeLuca is a reformer. He passed leadership term limits and ethics reforms for legislators to make state government more accountable to those it serves. DeLuca also sponsored legislation to stop politicians from announcing taxpayer funded projects within 60 days of an election.
DeLuca is a businessman. With nearly 25 years' experience operating a third-generation family-owned business in Chicago Heights, DeLuca understands the challenges business face. DeLuca is working to eliminate excessive regulation that makes it difficult to do business in Illinois. DeLuca is a longtime supporter of the regional efforts to attract more development through improving our transportation infrastructure, including the construction of a third regional cargo airport and the Illiana Expressway.
These new infrastructure projects could help bring thousands of jobs to our community as the region’s influence as a transportation hub grows. Prior to serving as Mayor of Chicago Heights for 6 years, DeLuca worked to improve local schools for 8 years as a member and president of the Bloom Township High School District 206 Board of Education. While on the school board, DeLuca was instrumental in reactivating and expanding the Industrial Education Program and believes in a quality education for all.
As mayor, DeLuca cut wasteful spending, reduced payroll, balanced the city budget, and improved public safety in Chicago Heights. DeLuca engineered a policy that sold unused city-owned property to private entities to get them back on the tax rolls. The goal was to attract business and new jobs. It worked. In fact, at a time when the unemployment rate in many area communities was rising, it was declining in the Chicago Heights, thanks in part to this initiative. DeLuca also established Ghana, West Africa, as Chicago Heights 4th Sister City.
DeLuca has been active in the community as a coach and director for Chicago Heights Small Fry basketball and as a supporter of the Chicago Heights Drama Group. DeLuca has been a recipient of the Italo-American National Union David Award, the IAET Civic Pride Award, the Chicago Southland Chamber of Commerce Outstanding Leaders Under 40, the Cook County Farm Bureau Friend of Agriculture Award, the Best Legislative Voting Record by the Independent Voters of Illinois, the Highest Voting Record Supporting the Agriculture Community from Will County Farm Bureau, the Public Official of the Year by the Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police (ILACP), OSIA Columbus Patriot Award and the IL. Association of Park Districts Outstanding Legislative Leadership award. DeLuca graduated of Homewood- Flossmoor High School and Elmhurst University. He and his wife are the parents of three children.