|Illinois State Senate District 19|
|High school||Lane Technical High School (1979)|
|Bachelor's||The University of the State of New York (Excelsior College) (1997)|
|Master's||University of Chicago (2001)|
|Service/branch||United States Army|
|Citations||Defense Meritorious Service Medal|
|Profession||Owner, Kirkuk Global|
Montalvo, a two-time Iraq War veteran, owns and operates Kirkuk Global LLC, an international project management business in Mokena, IL. Prior to starting his own business, he worked over 10 years as an accounting and finance executive for various companies, and received an additional 15 years’ experience as an engineering and construction technician for Peoples Gas.
Montalvo recently retired as a Lieutenant Colonel after more than 30 years in the U.S. Army Reserves. He was deployed overseas eight times throughout his military career: three times in support of contingency operations (two tours to Iraq and one to Saudi Arabia) and five times for training exercises (twice to Central America, twice to Africa and once to the Middle East).
Montalvo was elected and served one term as a commissioner for the Frankfort Square Park District (1989-1993). Montalvo became an Eagle Scout in 1978 and is a former Scoutmaster and long-time volunteer Scout leader. He resides in Tinley Park with his wife of 27 years and they have two teenage children.
Montalvo earned both his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees at night, receiving his MBA with concentrations in accounting and finance from the University of Chicago. Montalvo holds two professional certifications: he is both a Project Management Professional (PMP) and a Certified Treasury Professional (CTP).
On his 2012 campaign website, Montalvo lists four main issues of his campaign:
- Bring Jobs Back to Illinois: “Employers are NOT creating new jobs because they are forced to send ever increasing amounts of their money to Springfield and can’t invest in growing their businesses.” Montalvo states he “will vote to repeal those business-killing tax increases, restore fiscal stability for small business owners and bring jobs back to our state.”
- Cut Wasteful Spending: Montalvo states: “Elected leaders should fight for families and serve the taxpayers that elect them – not protect the narrow interests of organizations that write checks to their campaigns. Even simple cost saving measures such as the consolidation of the State Treasurer and Comptroller offices cannot be enacted today because of opposition by the Democratic machine in Springfield.”
- Reform Public Pensions Now: Montalvo states: “Public pensions should be for public employees. Union leadership has signed off on state budgets that have for the past ten years allowed for the underfunding of pension obligations, all while securing sweetheart deals for themselves and fellow politicians. Now pension costs, exacerbated by these extravagant deals, pose a real crisis...These sweetheart deals must be eliminated.”
- Control Healthcare Costs:Montalvo believes that “state Medicaid benefits should be for state residents who actually qualify – but income and residency verification is opposed by Democrats in Springfield. Before we even consider cutting benefits or raising taxes yet again, we should eliminate waste fraud and abuse by eliminating from the roles those who should not be getting benefits in the first place.”
- See also: Illinois State Senate elections, 2012
Montalvo ran in the 2012 election for Illinois State Senate District 19. Montalvo was slated by the local Republican leadership after no candidate ran in the Republican primary on March 20, 2012. He survived an objection to his nominating petitions and was defeated by Michael Hastings (D) in the general election on November 6, 2012.
|Illinois State Senate, District 19, General Election, 2012|
The Chicago Tribune endorsed Montalvo.
Montalvo's parents arrived in the Chicago area from Puerto Rico in 1947 and worked the first couple years as house servants in Glencoe. His father became a union carpenter while his mother raised her four children.
Montalvo joined the Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps (JROTC) program and attended the United States Military Academy at West Point. He resigned following his freshman year. "The U.S. military of 1980 was vastly different than the military of today, and the military I thought I joined in 1979 turned out to be something I no longer wanted by 1980 – so at the end of my plebe year I voluntarily resigned from West Point because I no longer wanted an active duty career," he explained.
Montalvo then joined the U.S. Army Reserves and ultimately achieved the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. He retired on January 1, 2012. His awards include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal with three Oak Leaf Clusters, the Joint Commendation Medal, the Army Commendation Medal with four Oak Leaf Clusters, the Army Achievement Medal, the Army Reserve Components Achievement Medal (7th award), the National Defense Service Medal with Bronze Star, the Armed Forces Expeditionary Service Medal, the Iraq Campaign Medal with Bronze Star, the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, and the Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal.
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- Montalvo 2012, “About Edgar” (timed out)
- Montalvo 2012, “On the Issues” (timed out)
- Illinois State Board of Elections, "Candidate List," accessed December 5, 2011
- Illinois State Board of Elections, "Official 2012 Primary Results," accessed May 14, 2014
- Illinois State Board of Elections, “Official Vote - November 6, 2012 General Election,” accessed December 31, 2012
- The Chicago Tribune, "For the Illinois Senate," October 14, 2012
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