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Tony Peraica




Tony Peraica has lived the American dream.

Born 50 years ago in Croatia, Tony came to America at the age of 13, after losing both of his parents, unable to speak a word of English.

Despite his circumstances, Tony persevered and went on to earn his B.A. in Political Science form the University of Illinois at Chicago and J.D. from The John Marshall Law School. Tony was admitted to the Illinois Bar in 1984. Over the ensuing 20 years, Tony built a thriving law practice.

In addition to his professional pursuits, Tony has stayed very involved in his community.

From 1990 to 1992 he served as a Special Assistant for the Attorney General of Illinois. He founded the South Loop Chamber of Commerce in 1990 and is currently the Commerce Secretary. From 1995 to 1997, Tony served as the International Vice President for the Boy Scouts of America. In 1996, Tony was appointed by former Governor Jim Edgar to the Illinois Department of Professional Regulation where he served four years.

Tony is very proud of his ethnic heritage. He served as the National President of the Croatian American Association for 5 years (1992 - 1995 and 1997) and is currently the Illinois President. In 2000, Peraica was honored as the "Man of the Year" by the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights.

Tony sought county offices previously as the Republican nominee for Cook County Treasurer in 1998. In the 2002 primary, Tony was elected as they Lyons Township Republican Committeeman. Later that year, he was elected to the 16th District seat on the Cook County Board of Commissioners where he has served since 2003.

Tony credits his accomplishments to the support of Nilo, his loving wife of 26 years, and his two wonderful children, Marko and Anisa. He and his family live in Riverside, Illinois.

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