About Dan 2017-04-10T14:11:46+00:00

About Dan

Dan Cronin won election to the office of DuPage County Board Chairman first in November 2010, and again in 2014, after serving in the Illinois General Assembly for 20 years. He brings his passion for fiscal accountability and efficient government to DuPage County, where he has cut the budget by more than $30 million and reformed costly employee benefits that will save $20 million over the next two decades. He has accomplished these significant cost-savings without raising property taxes or compromising service.

Commitment to DuPage

Chairman Cronin is also committed to reducing the size, scope and cost of local government. Through his DuPage ACT Initiative (Accountability, Consolidation and Transparency), he introduced a comprehensive approach to reform dozens of independent taxing districts in DuPage County. To date, those reforms, that include the elimination of two agencies, are estimated to save taxpayers more than $100 million.

By engaging with leaders across the state, Chairman Cronin continues to advocate on behalf of DuPage taxpayers on regional issues such as infrastructure, public transit and economic development. He has been instrumental in obtaining federal grants to help fund the local share of the Illinois Tollway’s Elgin O’Hare Western Access project. This project of “national significance” is expected to relieve congestion, promote economic development and create new jobs.

Chairman Cronin has also teamed up with regional leaders to help small and medium businesses capture export opportunities through Metro Chicago Exports. This collaboration between the City of Chicago along with Cook, DuPage, Kane, Kendall, Lake, McHenry and Will counties will ensure businesses continue to prosper while enhancing the region’s global competitiveness.

As a state legislator, Chairman Cronin served as the chairman and minority spokesperson of the Illinois Senate Education Committee. In addition to education initiatives, he passed a law to overhaul the DuPage Water Commission by removing the board of directors, eliminating the sales tax levy used to fund the agency and allowing more oversight by the DuPage County Board. He also passed laws to improve security at schools, protect women and children from domestic violence, strengthen teen driving laws and reduce gun violence.

Dan Cronin


Chairman Cronin is a resident of Elmhurst where he lives with his wife, Juliann, and their four children. He is partner in the Oak Brook law firm of Power and Cronin. He is a graduate of Fenwick High School and earned a B.A. from Northwestern University and a J.D. from Loyola Law School.

Career Highlights

Cronin has led DuPage County to several accolades. Among them are:

  • 2011 Governor’s Sustainability Award
  • 2012 Conservation Foundation Low Salt Community Award for reducing salt use on roadways
  • 2012 Illinois EPA Green Fleet Designation
  • 2012 100 Best Fleets Green Fleet Award, Honorable Mention
  • 2012 State Electronics Challenge Gold Recognition
  • 2013 Green Industry Achievement Award for environmental stewardship
  • 2013 State Electronics Challenge Gold Recognition
  • 2014 Illinois Governor’s Sustainability Award, Honorable Mention
  • 2014 Conservation Foundation Low Salt Community Award for reducing salt use on roadways
  • 2014 State Electronics Challenge Gold Recognition
  • 2014 NACo Innovation in Government for ACT Initiative
  • 2014 Campaign for Political Reform Dawn Clark Netsch “Straight Talk” Award for ACT Initiative
  • 2014 DuPage Mayors and Managers Intergovernmental Cooperation Award
  • 2014 Community Partner Award, Literacy DuPage County
  • 2015 NACo Achievement Award for Criminal Justice and Public Safety

Personally, Dan has received recognition for his service from numerous organizations. His individual honors include:

  • Illinois Environmental Council Honor Roll
  • Crain’s Chicago Business “Forty Under 40” recognition
  • Legislative Leadership Award from the Illinois Vietnam Veterans Leadership Program
  • National Federation of Independent Business voting record recognition
  • State Chamber of Commerce voting record recognition
  • Ray Graham Association Legislative Leadership Award
  • Elmhurst Family YMCA Chairman’s Roundtable Award
  • DeBoer Committee for Children’s Rights “Hear My Voice” Award
  • TLC Camp for Children with Cancer Appreciation Award
  • Golden Apple Foundation for Excellence in Education Award