Police Association honors Riccio, Marsalek and Bubak

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Anthony Riccio, Diann Marsalek and Wayne Bubak

The Italian American Police Association honored Anthony Riccio, Wayne Bubak and Diann K. Marsalek on Nov. 3 at Alta Villa Banquets in Addison. (312-415-1202)

The following bios are provided by the organization.

First Deputy Superintendent Anthony Riccio — Man of the Year

Anthony J. Riccio is a 33-year law enforcement professional, having started his policing career in 1985. He currently serves as the Chicago Police Department’s First Deputy Superintendent (FDS), where he is charged with daily operations of the entire department. He was appointed to the position of FDS in February 2018.

Anthony’s experience spans all facets of policing, including crime suppression and initial investigations; community outreach; accountability through follow-up as a detective; and officer development through mentoring at every level. He worked as a beat officer, tactical officer, gang-crimes officer, academy instructor, detective, tactical lieutenant, field sergeant and lieutenant, overseeing patrol and detective division personnel.

In 2008, his dedication culminated in promotion to Commander of the 016th District, where he recognized the importance of strong partnerships between the community and police. As such, Anthony infused the district with a community policing philosophy. This partnership translated into a marked decrease in index crimes within the district.

Anthony’s extensive experience as a detective earned him the position of Detective Division Commander in 2009. In this position, he was lauded for maintaining high clearance rates, while significantly reducing overtime expenditures for the department. He was promoted to Deputy Chief of the Detective Division in 2012.

Anthony’s leadership abilities were further tapped in 2015 when he was promoted to Chief, Bureau of Organized Crime. In this position, Anthony was responsible for direct deployment and oversight of nearly 700 bureau members, mostly in highly sensitive and critical positions. Anthony served in this position until he was appointed First Deputy Superintendent, where he continues to work with enthusiasm and dedication.

Anthony always knew he would follow his dad’s footsteps into a life of service. Before joining the Chicago Police Department, he served as a police officer for the Mt. Prospect Police Department.

Anthony is a graduate of Northeastern Illinois University, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice. He is married and has one daughter, of whom he is incredibly proud.

Judge Diann Marsalek — Lifetime Achievement Award

Diann K. Marsalek is a judge of the Circuit Court of Cook County, having been appointed by the Illinois Supreme Court in 2011 and elected in 2012. She has served as supervising judge of the First Municipal Traffic Court since 2015. Her previous assignments include the Traffic, Evictions Post Judgment and Torts/Contract Claims courts.

As an attorney, she served as a legal adviser to the Illinois Secretary of State, an Assistant Attorney General in the Policy and General Law Divisions of the Office of the Illinois Attorney General, Chief Legal Counsel for the Illinois Department of Corrections, and Deputy Courtroom Clerk for the Clerk of the Circuit Court of Cook County. She graduated from Immaculata High School and earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from DePaul University and her juris doctor from Northern Illinois University College of Law.

Judge Marsalek is the president of the Illinois Judges Foundation, a board member of the Illinois Judges Association and a former board member of the Justinian Society of Lawyers. She is the co-chair of the Language Access Sub-Committee formed by the Illinois Supreme Court to identify ways to promote the court system to individuals for whom English is not a first language. She is a member of the Chicago Bar Association, Women’s Bar Association, Advocates Society of Polish Lawyers, Justinian Society of Italian Lawyers, Decalogue Society and various other bar associations. Dedicated to developing legal talent, she volunteers at expungement seminars and moot court competitions for law students.

Judge Marsalek was honored as Person of the Year by the Chicago Society in 2012 and Civilian Person of the Year by the Polish American Police in 2015, and she will be honored this year by the Advocates Society of Polish Lawyers in addition to the Italian American Police Association.

Judge Marsalek is active in numerous neighborhood community activities. She started a program to beautify her neighborhood and has donated time to paint equipment and worked on improving local parks. She has worked on numerous events to promote public safety and benefit the neighborhood school. Each year, she coordinates collecting school supplies for grade schools.

Wayne Bubak — Humanitarian of the Year

Faith, family, country and charity are the things that Wayne Bubak holds most dear.

Wayne’s desire to help people comes from the values instilled in him by his parents and his Catholic school education. Since his childhood as an altar boy, he has continued assisting the church as an altar server, lector and head usher for 34 years. He also has headed the Parish and Finance Councils. Over the years, Wayne has organized and assisted in numerous events for his parish and related charities. He is also a member of the Fourth Degree Knights of Columbus, St. Michael the Archangel Council, the only Knights of Columbus Council of law enforcement officers in the United States.

Wayne is married to his high school sweetheart, Mary Frances, a retired CPS school teacher/administrator. Together, they are parents of three successful adult children and four grandchildren.

Elected to the Northbrook Elementary School Board District 27 and later to the Northfield Township High School District 225, Wayne rose to the level of president. He also served as an executive member of the North Suburban Special Education District.

Professionally, Wayne has spent a lifetime in service to his country. He started out as purchasing agent for the Defense Department and then became a U.S. Treasury agent. He worked mainly with the Federal Grand Jury in the Northern District of Illinois, focusing primarily on political corruption cases. He had the first two prosecutions involving “extortion under official color of right,” using political office for monetary gain. He also served in Dignitary Protection, guarding presidents and other dignitaries, and taught at the Treasury law enforcement school.

Wayne received numerous commendations from the U.S. Attorney’s Office and outstanding performance awards from the Treasury Department. He is currently working on defense investigations and expert witness work as appointed by federal judges.

Wayne is the sergeant-at-arms of the Italian American Executives of Transportation and a recipient of the 2016 IAET President’s Award and 2017 IAET Humanitarian of the Year. He has been chairman of their 2016-2018 golf outings. He serves as treasurer for Knights of Columbus and the Italian American Police Association and is a member of the Chicagoland Italian American Charitable Organization.

About Paul Basile

Paul Basile has been the editor of Fra Noi for a quarter of a century. Over that period, he and his dedicated family of staff members and correspondents have transformed a quaint little community newspaper into a gorgeous glossy magazine that is read and admired across the nation. They also maintain a cluster of national and local websites and are helping other major metropolitan areas launch their own versions of Fra Noi.

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