Sam Tornatore: Candidate Profile

DuPage County board District 1 (Republican)

  • Sam Tornatore, running for DuPage County board District 1

    Sam Tornatore, running for DuPage County board District 1

Updated 2/13/2018 12:00 PM

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City: Roselle


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Office sought:

DuPage County board District 1

Age: 68

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Family: Wife: Marcia

Daughter: Alison

Son-in-Law: Greg

Occupation: Attorney

Education: DePaul University: Bachelor of Science

The John Marshall Law School: J.D.

Civic involvement: *DuPage County Health Department: Board Member, 2015 to present

*Illinois Housing Development Authority: Board Member/Secretary 2103 to present

*Illinois State Bar Association: Assembly Member

*Village of Roselle: Zoning Board of Appeals 2001-2003

*Roselle Chamber of Commerce: President 2003-2005

*Chicago Italian American Charitable Organization: President 1993-1999

*St. Walter School: Youth Coach

*Roselle Park District: Youth Coach

Triton College: Adjunct Professor


Elected offices held: *DuPage County Board: 2012 to present

*Bloomingdale Township: Trustee from 2009-2012

*Village of Roselle: Trustee 2004-2009

Questions & Answers

Why are you running for this office, whether for re-election or election for the first time? Is there a particular issue that motivates you? If so, what?

Good Government

Taxpayer Accountability

Continuing the DuPage County ACT Initiative

What is your stance on county board members' pay? Too high, too low, just right? Would you propose any changes?

I believe County Board Members pay is commensurate with their responsibilities and time expended.

With DuPage County's budget being squeezed by the state funding reductions, what initiatives would you support to increase revenue and/or save money?

I would continue to protect our Sales Tax revenue, as well as continue our departments to use lean training and increase technology to increase efficiency.

What are your thoughts about the county's Accountability, Consolidation and Transparency Initiative? What role should DuPage play in efforts to streamline and consolidate local government?

I support the ACT initiative and it's positive results

I support the County's use of shared services and purchasing with other taxing bodies.

What initiatives, if any, do you have in mind for your specific county board district?

*To continue to work with O'Hare Airport to reduce noise and air pollution.

*Continue economic growth, particularly through western access to O'Hare.

*To insure improvement in Stormwater Management

What other issues, if any, are important to you as a candidate for this office?

Transparency in Government and ethically serving the people of DuPage County.

To provide quality County services through good government and sound fiscal decision making.

Please name one current leader who most inspires you.

DuPage County Board Chair Dan Cronin

Bloomingdale Mayor Franco Coladipietro

What is the biggest lesson you learned at home growing up?

Honesty, Hard Work and respect of others.

If life gave you one do-over, what would you spend it on?

Meeting and marrying my wife earlier in life

What was your favorite subject in school and how did it help you in later life?

Law and Political Science

Both prepared me for my life as an attorney and my life in Public Service.

If you could give your children only one piece of advice, what would it be?

Enjoy every day and make the most of your opportunities, while treating all people with respect.