Illinois State representative
In 2008, Michael headed to Springfield as State Representative. There, he quickly showed a knack for taking on difficult issues with poise, tenacity and a policy-focused, practical approach that has won over allies on both sides of the aisle. Michael has authored and led passage of a number of important laws, including Illinois’ first Racketeering statute, comprehensive ride-share law, and the creation of an Independent Tax Tribunal to help repair the state’s sagging image with the business community.
In June 2013, Michael was chosen by House Speaker Michael J. Madigan to serve on the special 10-member conference committee whose work led to December passage of comprehensive reform of the state’s beleaguered pension systems. Michael lives in west suburban Riverside with his wife Carrie and four children, Reese, Henry, Ellamae and Cecelia.