Bob Fioretti was born and raised on the South Side, the son of a Polish-American mother and an Italian immigrant father. A Civil Rights attorney and former progressive leader on the Chicago City Council, Bob believes it’s time for Springfield to be held accountable. State Government has refused to provide fair funding and support for growth in Chicago. Springfield has not adequately contributed to our Schools, Economic Development and Public Safety. Bob will take the fight to Springfield to make our neighborhoods safer, schools better, create jobs and wage growth.
Bob attended St. Anthony’s Grammar School and Mendel High School. He received a Pullman Foundation scholarship to attend the University of Illinois, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and served as Student Body President.
He earned his law degree from Northern Illinois University College of Law, where he remains a member of the adjunct faculty. He served as President of the NIU National Alumni Association from 2000 to 2004 and as President of the NIU College of Law Alumni Council.
As a practicing attorney, Bob has been involved in more than 500 civil rights cases, and his personal trial experiences have led to over 100 state and federal verdicts and appellate court decisions. Bob represented the family of Baby Tamia in the high-profile adoption case that led to changes in Illinois adoption law. He has been appointed in numerous cases as a Special Assistant Attorney General of Illinois and a Special Assistant State’s Attorney.
While Bob’s primary focus is his work to improve Chicago, Bob is Of Counsel to the law firm Orum & Roth LLC in Chicago, where he practices governmental law and complex litigation. He was recently named one of the 10 best state and local government attorneys in Illinois by Super Lawyers Magazine.
Bob is deeply involved in the Chicago community, where he has served as president of the Historic Pullman Foundation, the Character and Fitness Committee of the Illinois Supreme Court and the Judicial Evaluation Committee of the Chicago Bar Association Executive Committee.
Bob is widely recognized for his public service and leadership. For his efforts to improve and expand public parks in the Chicago, Bob received the 2009 “Legislator of the Year” award from Friends of the Parks, a non-profit, Chicago-based park advocacy group. In 2010 and 2012 he received a Best Aldermanic Voting Record Award from the IVI-IPO. For his work supporting public education, he received the 2011 “Defender of Public Schools” award from the Chicago Teachers Union.
Bob founded and led the Progressive Reform Caucus in the Chicago City Council, an important group that kept many issues from being rubber stamped and aired them for public input. In many cases, issues he highlighted would have slid through the body unnoticed by the public without the Progressive Caucus.
In eight years as an alderman Bob brought more than $350 million in infrastructure and 8,500 jobs into his district, including 500 high-paying careers as part of the Rush Medical Center expansion he facilitated. He also brought major retailers such as Pete’s Fresh Market, Costco, and Whole Foods into the ward, becoming the first alderman to eradicate a food dessert. And this was during many years of an economy beset by the worst recession in a century.
An avid Blackhawks fan and griller on his backyard BBQ pit, Bob lives in the West Loop with his wife, Nicki Pecori Fioretti.