Michael Zalewski

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Michael Zalewski
Michael Zalewski.jpg
Illinois House of Representatives District 23
In office
Term ends
January 14, 2015
Years in position 5
Base salary$67,836/year
Per diem$111/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected2008
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sUniversity of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
J.D.John Marshall Law School
Place of birthChicago, IL
Office website
Personal website
Michael J. Zalewski is a Democratic member of the Illinois House of Representatives, representing District 23 since 2013. He represented District 21 from 2009 to 2013.

Zalewski is a Prosecutor in the Cook County State's Attorney's Office.

He received his JD from John Marshall Law School, and BA in Political Science from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.[1]

Committee assignments


At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Zalewski served on the following committees:

Illinois Committee Assignments, 2013
Appropriations-Public Safety
Health Care Licenses, Chair
Personnel & Pensions
Revenue & Finance, Vice-chair


In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Zalewski served on the following committees:


In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Zalewski served on the following committees:



See also: Illinois House of Representatives elections, 2012

Zalewski won election in the 2012 election for Illinois House of Representatives District 23. Zalewski ran unopposed in the March 20 Democratic primary and was unopposed in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.[2][3][4]

Illinois House of Representatives, District 23, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngMichael Zalewski Incumbent 100% 19,513
Total Votes 19,513


See also:Illinois House of Representatives elections, 2010

Zalewski won re-election to the 21st District Seat in 2010 with no opposition. He defeated Terrence Collins in the Democratic primary on February 2nd by a margin of 8,951 to 3,420. The general election took place on November 2, 2010.[5]

Illinois House of Representatives, District 21 (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Michael Zalewski (D) 21,850 100.0%


On November 4, 2008, Democrat Michael Zalewski won the election to the Illinois House of Representatives District 21 receiving 27,329 votes, ahead of Republican Charles Johnson (3,372 votes), and Rita Maniotis(G) who received 3,464 votes.[6]

Illinois House of Representatives, District 21 (2008)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Michael Zalewski (D) 27,329
Charles Johnson (R) 8,872
Rita Maniotis (G) 3,464

Campaign donors


Campaign donor information is not yet available for this year.


In 2010, Zalewski collected $228,882 in campaign contributions. The largest contributors are listed below:[7]

Illinois House of Representatives 2010 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Michael Zalewski's campaign in 2010
Friends Of Michael J Madigan$27,844
Illinois Hospital & Health Systems Association$15,000
Reynolds American$7,500
Chicago Federation Of Labor & Industrial Union Council$7,000
Illinois Health Care Association$6,100
Total Raised in 2010 $228,882


In 2008, Zalewski collected $51,476 in donations.[8]

Listed below are those that contributed most to his campaign.

Donor Amount
Chicago Federation of Labor & Industrial Union Council $5,000
Chico & Nunes PC $42,600
Illinois Trial Lawyers Association $2,000
Illinois Pipe Trades $1,000
Community Bankers Association of Illinois $1,000
Illinois State Bar Association $1,000
Construction & General Laborers District Council of Chicago & Vicinity $1,000
AT&T $1,000
Illinois Merchants Association $1,000
West Suburban Teachers Local 571 $1,000


Illinois Opportunity Project

See also: Illinois Opportunity Project's Legislative Vote Card

The Illinois Opportunity Project, "an independent research and public policy enterprise that promotes legislative solutions in advance of free markets and free minds," annually releases its Legislative Vote Card, grading all members in both chambers of the Illinois General Assembly on the basis of their support of "pro-growth economic policies that increase personal freedom and reign in expansive government."[9][10]


Zalewski received a score of 50.00 out of 100 in 2012 for a grade of D- according to the IOP’s grading scale. His score was tied for the 55th highest among all 120 members of the Illinois House of Representatives included in the Vote Card.[10]

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Illinois House of Representatives District 21
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