Diane is a political newcomer tired of business as usual in Springfield.
Born in Communist Poland, Diane emigrated to the United States at age 11 and grew up in Addison and Roselle. Diane attended local elementary schools and graduated from Lake Park High School. She credits our District’s public schools, and especially her teachers, with not only helping her learn English, but also fostering an environment where she could thrive as a student and community member and win a highly competitive, full-ride academic merit college scholarship. Diane graduated from Michigan State University with High Honors and two Bachelor of Arts degrees and then earned her Juris Doctor degree from the Yale Law School.
Diane has spent most of her legal career as an in-house corporate counsel for area companies. In that capacity, she negotiated business agreements with some of the best known national and international companies, as well as with local, state and federal governments. Her close interactions with internal business partners and the highest levels of her employers’ management have provided her with a keen insight not only into business and legal negotiations, but also the corporate decision making process. For example, she knows that businesses rely on solid infrastructure, good schools, an educated workforce and a stable state fiscal outlook when deciding where to do business and create good jobs. She will use her skills and knowledge to press for budgets and legislation that will once again make Illinois a center of commerce and industry.
After her law school graduation, Diane and her husband settled in Itasca, where they have lived for over 23 years. Diane was a member of ICARE, an Itasca citizen’s group that successfully opposed a proposed expansion of Irving Park Road through the historic Itasca downtown. She served five years as President of the Friends of the Itasca Community Library and, as of March, 2018, she is an elected Democratic Precinct Committeeman of Addison Township Precinct 23. Diane’s involvement in these activities stem from her desire to give back and help keep her community a first-rate place to work, live and raise a family. She will do the same for us in Springfield as a State Representative for District 45.