Meet Fred Crespo

Fighting for the people of Illinois’ 44th District

Representative Fred Crespo is a dedicated, full-time legislator fighting for the constituents of the 44th House District in Illinois. Distinguishing himself as a champion for fiscal responsibility and good governance, Representative Crespo serves as Chairman of the House Appropriations Committee for General Services, where he passed budgetary legislation to create and retain jobs in the area by passing legislation to assist local businesses in the northwest suburbs. He introduced the Grant Accountability Transparency Act, which has been lauded by other states as a best practice model for grant administration. He also introduced and passed and the Debt Transparency Act.

Fred serves as Chairman of the House Elementary & Secondary Education: School Curriculum & Policies Committee. He has stood up against Chicago Public Schools (CPS), leading the charge for massive reform in the way CPS handles special education students and sexual abuse cases. He worked with education stakeholders and introduced legislation to implement the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), which replaces the No Child Left Behind Act. He also secured, for the first time in the state, full funding for bilingual education.

Representative Crepso’s steadfast resolution to getting Illinois’ financial house in order, along with his efforts to improve education for all Illinois children, have earned him several awards, including: the Illinois Office of Tourism Lincoln Award, Legislator of the Year from Illinois Psychological Association, the Illinois Hero Award from the National Association of Mental Illness (NAMI), Economics Ambassador Award from Econ Illinois, a special recognition award from the domestic violence organization Women In Need Growing Stronger (WINGS), and Legislator of the Year from the National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders.

State Representative Crespo served on the Board of Directors for the Children’s Advocacy Center of North and Northwest Cook County, the leadership board for WINGS, and also served on the Board of Directors for the AMITA Health Alexian Brothers Center for Mental Health.

Fred collaborated with the Village of Hanover Park, Harper Community College, and Elgin Community College to open the Work and Education Center in Hanover Park in 2014. In addition, Representative Crespo helped bring the much-needed AMITA Health Alexian Brothers Women’s and Children’s Hospital to the Northwest Suburbs of Chicago. Fred worked with the Village of Hoffman Estates to secure funding for a full interchange at Interstate 90 and Barrington Road, which will improve both economic opportunities and safety conditions for the region.

Representative Crespo graduated from Loyola University of Chicago and attended Chicago Kent College of Law. He held an executive position at Peoples Energy, where he worked from 1979 until 2003. He is also a licensed real estate broker.

Fred has been married to his college sweetheart, Dorothy, for 30 years. Together they have two daughters, Jennifer and Stephanie.

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