JCCIA builds political bridges with luncheon

Print Friendly, PDF & Email
Onesti, Raineri and DeLuca

A new era of political engagement dawned on Aug. 8 when the Joint Civic Committee of Italian Americans hosted its inaugural Government Relations Luncheon.

More than 100 public officials at every level of local government converged on the Des Plaines Theatre for the event, which honored State Rep. Anthony DeLuca and former county official turned political consultant Enza Raineri.

DeLuca received the Legislator of the Year Award for sponsoring the law that permanently designates October as Italian American Heritage Month in Illinois (page 25). Raineri received the Government Relations Award for the pivotal role she played in convincing the Cook County Board to vote down a proposal to rename Columbus Day as Indigenous Peoples Day (page 27).

The keynote speakers were State Treasurer Michael Frerichs and Cook County Treasurer Maria Pappas. “Both treasurers spoke about their love for Italy and their respect for the Italian-American community,” JCCIA President Ron Onesti notes.

The event attracted public officials from the city, suburban, county and state government, heightening awareness of the community and its needs at every level.

“We made tremendous strides at the event. Everyone came away with a greater understanding of why Columbus and Italian American Heritage Month are so important to us,” Onesti says. “We’ve been silent politically as a community for many years. This was a big step in changing that.”

For more on DeLuca’s heroic efforts, click here.

for more on Raineri’s heroic efforts, click here.

 

About Fra Noi

Fra Noi produces a magazine and website that serve the Chicago-area Italian-American community. Our magazine offers our readers a monthly feast of news and views, culture and entertainment that keeps our diverse and widely scattered readers in touch with each other and their heritage. Our website offers a dizzying array of information drawn from every corner of the local community.

Check Also

Mt. Carmel to host Lenten Fish Fry

As long as you’re abstaining from meat during Lent, you might as well have some …

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Want More?


Subscribe to our print magazine
or give it as a gift.

Click here for details