John Fritchey was born at Barksdale Air Force Base in Bossier City, Louisiana. As a young boy, John and his mother moved to Chicago where he attended both grammar and high school. John then received a bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of Michigan followed by a Juris Doctor degree from Northwestern University Law School.
Following law school, John began his public service work as an Illinois Assistant Attorney General, where he represented the state in both state and federal courts, advocating for victims and their families and representing the state in civil rights claims.
He was elected to the Illinois House of Representatives in 1996 at the age of 32. In his 14 years as a state legislator, John was an unwavering reform leader and served as the Chairman of the House Civil Judiciary Committee and Consumer Protection Committee as well as a member of the Joint Committee on Administrative Rules. John spearheaded legislation on a wide range of topics, including passing the most sweeping ethics reforms in Illinois history. He also was appointed to serve as a member of the Special Investigative Committee that oversaw the proceedings leading to the impeachment of former Governor Rod Blagojevich.
In 2010, John was elected as Cook County Commissioner for the 12th District, which encompasses most of the north and northwest sides of the City of Chicago. In that capacity, he serves as the Chairman of the Technology & Innovation Committee, as well as the Vice-Chair of both the Litigation Committee as well as the Legislation and Intergovernmental Relations Committee. John is also a member of the following committees: Finance; Criminal Justice; Human Relations; Health & Hospitals; Homeland Security and Emergency Management; Law Enforcement; Roads & Bridges and Zoning & Building.