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U.S. House of RepresentativesCandidate for District 8

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Peter "Pete" DiCianni

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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Reviving the American Dream & Building a better Nation
  • Make America Safer, Stronger. . . more Secure
  • People not Politics



Profession:Elected Official
President/CEO & Founder, DiCianni Graphics, Inc. (1984–current)
Member, County Board Commissioners, DuPage County Board — Elected position (2012–current)
Chairman, Illinois Autism Task Force — Appointed position (2012–current)
Local Government Advisory Board Member, Illinois State Comptrollers Office — Appointed position (2011–current)
Task Force Member, Governor's Task Force on Western Access — Appointed position (2010–current)
Mayor, City of Elmhurst, Illinois — Elected position (2009–2012)


University of Illinois, Champaign County Government Certification, School of Leadership in Government (2013)
Elmhurst College Center for Business & Economics Bachelors of Science, Business Management (1988)
Triton Community College Associates of Science, Business Accounting (1986)

Community Activities

Board of Director, Metropolitan Family Services of DuPage (2006–current)
Chairman Talkie Trot (formerly Brianna & Friends Walk to Talk), The Center for Speech & Language Disorders (501-c3) (2007–current)
Walk Co-Chair, Ray Graham for People with Disabilities (2009–current)
Volunteer, delivery of Meals, DuPage Senior Citizens (Meals on Wheels) (2009–current)
President & Director, Elmhurst Children's Assistance Foundation (1996–2006)


Public Service/Community Advocacy






               Member of DuPage County Board of Commissioners


                                 2nd District - 2012-present


                                 Economic Development Vice Chairman - 2012-present


                                 Environmental Chairman - 2012-2014


                                 Helped bring home millions from FEMA after 2013 flood, most of any district


               Mayor City of Elmhurst, Illinois 2009-2012


                                 Attained a record $1 billion in economic growth amidst a great recession


                                 Oversaw the rebuilding of Elmhurst Memorial Hospital retaining and providing over 4000 jobs


                                 Responsible for development of Mariano’s Food Store, 1st in DuPage County; creating over 450 jobs


                                 Restored dangerously low city fund balances to safe levels and AAA credit rating


                                 Lead Mayor to unite mayors and bring home over $350 Million in FEMA funding after flood of 2010


                                 First Community to have 3 Blue Ribbon School Designations (Lincoln Elementary, Bryan Middle School, Sandburg Middle School)


               Ray Graham Association - 2009-present


                                 Walk Co-Chair to raise money for people with developmental disabilities


                                 DuPage County's largest community based living facility serving 2000 children & adults


               DuPage Senior Citizen Council - Supporter "Meals on Wheels" 2009-present


                                 Providing thousands of DuPage area seniors low cost to free, healthy meals along with vital well-being checks.


               Talkie Trot-Walk Chair (formerly Brianna & Friends) 2008-present


                                 Annual Walk has raised over $250,000 for children with Autism and other disorders that affect speech & language.  Enables children without ample insurance, access to vital therapies.


               Elmhurst Children’s Assistance Foundation (ECAF) 1996-2006


                                 Longest Serving President & Director raising over $1,000,000 for children with life-threatening and disabling conditions.  Founder of Cool Kiddie Car Art Exhibit and Friend of the Children Annual Golf Outing.




Legislative Accomplishments/Awards


               Author of Brianna's Law, 2008, allowing autism-related services to be covered by insurance. Legislation has been enacted in 38 States.


               Author of "James' Law" Public Safety Legislation 2011 Enabling GPS locators to work with 911 system to find children and seniors who suffer from Autism, Alzheimer's and other cognitive impairments.


               Co-Author “Autism Insurance Protection Act” 2012, First State to pass protecting those diagnosed with Autism from changing to DSMV.


               Co-Contributor “Able Act” a 529-A Option for families who have a child with a disability.  Allows for families to put away for their disabled child tax advantaged without hurting a child’s existing benefits.  Passed 2015


               Margaret Bancroft Distinguished Leadership Award, presented at Loyola University, The Bancroft Autism School, Hoffman Estates, Illinois, awarded for Advocacy Statewide on Autism 2014


               Leonardo da Vinci Award, Outstanding Achievement in Government “Brianna’s Law”, Order Sons of Italy in America 2011


               "Man of the Year", Chicagoland Italian American Charitable Organization (CIACO) 2009


               Legislative Hero Award "Childhood Obesity" YMCA of Chicago 2009


               Humanitarian of the Year Award West Suburban Philanthropic Network 2009






               President/CEO of DiCianni Graphics Inc. 1985-present. A DuPage based Creative-Print-Marketing Firm.


               The Young Entrepreneur under 40 Award, DuPage Business Ledger Award Recipient 2004




               Elmhurst College Center for Business & Economics


                                 BS Business Management '88


               University of Illinois School of Leadership in Government (Champaign)


County Government -2013


               Lifelong resident of 8th Congressional Dist., Graduate of York High School, Elmhurst




               Married to Rose DiCianni a Registered Nurse, Loyola University


               3 Children: Natalie-20, Peter-18, & Brianna-13


               All attend Elmhurst Public Schools


Who supports this candidate?

Elected Officials (78)

Questions & Answers

Questions from Chicago Sun-Times (18)

What is your biggest difference with your opponent(s)?
Answer from Peter "Pete" DiCianni:

I am the homegrown community leader and possess a proven tract record of doing vs. talking. I am a lifelong resident of the 8th Congressional District. Attending grammar school, high school and college in the IL-8th Congressional. I am also the true businessman in the race, having founded my company at 18 years old after taking graphics arts classes at York High School. My company, now in it's 32 year, is located today in Addison right in the heart of the district and we serve over 1 thousand clients in and around the 8th Congressional.

As President and Director of the Elmhurst Children's Assistance Foundation, a Children's non Profit for 10 years, I raised over 1 million dollars for our local area children with life-threatening and disabling conditions including Autism. In my 10th year, my daughter Brianna was diagnosed with the condition. In 2008 I penned Brianna's Law that insured Autism making Illinois a pioneer and model state.

In addition to Growing the Economy and Protecting our Nation, advocating for People Not Politics is the central theme to my campaign. With Brianna's Law now law in 44 State's, it's my personal mission to pass Brianna's Law nationally and insure the remaining 2 million children suffering with Autism who are uncovered by their medical insurance due to lack of federal law. My opponent has no elected, legislative, or civic record of accomplishments.

I have been elected and never lost a race for a major elected office including Mayor of Elmhurst in 2009 and County Board 2012 and 2014 respectively. My opponent has lost every election he has saught from State Treasurer to a bid for Lt. Governor and his run for Congress. He has never held public office.

As a Mayor, County Commissioner and State Leader on Autism, I have authored and co-authored 3 additional State Laws, including James' Law that that allows for gps bracelet locators to be used to help families find their loved ones with cognitive impairment including children with Autism and adults with Alzheimer’s. The Autism Insurance Protect Act and the ABLE Act were 2 additional laws to give families insurance protection from losing an autism diagnosis as well as providing families with a 529 Option so they could put away financially for their future tax advantaged similar to a traditional 529 college fund, but one that is more specific to their needs.

Lastly I am truly the Independent candidate who represents People Not Politics. I am happy to have the support of the Mayors of the 8th Congressional District as they are truly the Non-Partisan Voice for each of their communities. I am also proud that I have the full support of Law Enforcement including Sheriff John Zaruba and the State endorsement of the Fraternal Order of Police. I have been a public servant my entire life, you can see a full list of my credentials by visiting my website at

Congress has declined to formally authorize America’s undeclared war against ISIS. Should Congress take a vote to authorize the use of military force against ISIS?
Answer from Peter "Pete" DiCianni:

Currently the war on ISIS is authorized from the Authorization to Utilize Military Force (AUMF) from 2001 following 9/11. We should give our military commanders the flexibility and authority they need to defeat any enemy, not tie their hands. We should also not overly restrict the President as Commander-in-Chief to carry out a victorious campaign.


Any revised or new AUMF should only be voted on after thorough and transparent debate by the Congress. It is Congress's duty to have this debate with the President. Congress will certainly modify the AUMF request any President sends or may come up with one of its own as it moves through rigorous hearings and oversight on this matter. It is imperative, the President outlines how we are going to confront the global terrorist threat and the Islamic State specifically and ensure he or she has the authorization to deal with it effectively.

More generally, what should Congress do to reduce the threat of ISIS abroad and at home? 
Answer from Peter "Pete" DiCianni:

First of all we must call this what is really is, radical Islamic Terrorism.  Over the last 8 years our law enforcement and intelligence agencies have been handcuffed in protecting Americans.  The FBI, ATF and local law enforcement have less ability to protect us now, and I would fight to give these agencies the ability to do their jobs with the use of the latest in technology and specific laws that give them more authority to watch those they suspect might have terroristic tendencies.  Networking these agencies with allied nations, including our State Department, CIA, NSA are all key to keeping us safe both domestically and abroad.  We must end radical Islamic Terrorism by rebuilding our relationships with our allies and give our military and law enforcement agencies the ability to better do their job.

Donald Trump has called for a temporary ban on Muslim immigration. Do you support such action? What restrictions, if any, do you support on the admission of Muslims into the United States? 
Answer from Peter "Pete" DiCianni:

I fully support hitting the stop button on Syrian Refugees coming to Illinois and frankly to our country.  We must properly screen and protect Americans first.  I’m very concerned that this humanitarian effort should be aided in neighboring middle eastern countries like Jordan and Turkey and other neighboring nations, who are friendly and of similar cultures with the hope that they will cohesively grow and possibly some day they can possibly return to their native land.  I am fully for American Aid in this humanitarian effort; I'm just very sensitive to the security of our nation and our people.

The United States’ nuclear deal with Iran turned one year old on July 14, 2016. Should the deal be maintained as it is, revised or scrapped completely? What is right or wrong with the Iran deal? And should the next president feel bound by it?
Answer from Peter "Pete" DiCianni:


I believe the Iran Nuclear Deal was more about buying oil cheaper than securing our world’s nuclear security.  We have seen many poor deals by this administration from trading 5 known Islamic terrorists involved in 9/11 (who are now reaping havoc on the world and our country today) for 1 AWOL POW.  In a similar fashion, we have cut a deal with Iran, yet another Islamic Country that has a long history of bad actors who have hurt us.  With 30 days notice we can inspect Iran for Nuclear Arms.  Why not 24 hours notice?  Why not a moment’s notice?  The deal is making Iran again a rich country with the resources financially and militarily to potentially hurt our allies and us.  I think our next President should have the option to review and strengthen the deal.  And if they prove to be untrustworthy the deal should be amended to protect our interest and our allies.  

Should the United States build a physical wall along our nation’s entire border with Mexico? Should a “path to citizenship” be created for the millions of people already living here without proper documentation? Would you support legislation to prevent the deportations of so-called “Dreamers” — youth who came to the U.S. illegally as small children with their parents?
Answer from Peter "Pete" DiCianni:

I believe that securing our borders, especially with Mexico, is key to our nation’s security including much of our drug and illegal gun problems in addition to controlling illegal immigration. 


First of all I fully support legal immigration.  We as Americans have two challenges in this area, however, illegal immigration and the humanitarian refugee crisis.  The first issue has potentially a two-fold approach, including the need to better secure our boarders and determine a plan for the millions of illegal immigrants that are currently already in the US.  I would like to offer a pathway to stay legally (without giving citizenship) to those who do not have a criminal record, have a steady job and are willing to be a contributing member to our country by paying taxes as citizens do. 

In addition, if they or their children have attended our public schools then I do feel that they should have a pathway to citizenship rather than making them return to their native country providing they are willing to obey our laws and freedoms.

Federal judges in July ruled against voter identification laws in Wisconsin and Texas, concluding that they disproportionately impact minority voters and violate the U.S. Voting Rights Act. Should voters be required to show a photo ID when voting? And should the federal government have a say in this, or is it strictly a matter for the individual states to decide? 
Answer from Peter "Pete" DiCianni:

To prevent voter fraud, a registered voter should be required to present a photo ID.  This is not discrimination but rather a protection of the election process.

Should all or certain federal public lands, including national parks, wildlife refuges and forests, be given to states to control? Do you support the opening of public lands and the outer continental shelf to exploration for oil and other fossil fuels, even if those resources are not immediately developed? 
Answer from Peter "Pete" DiCianni:

Given the financial condition and mismanagement of our State, I would not recommend this.  As the former Chairman of Environment for DuPage County, I would not be open these lands to oil or fossil fuel exploration.  These lands must be protected and preserved.

What changes, if any, to the U.S. tax code do you support and why?
Answer from Peter "Pete" DiCianni:

I have some examples to offer:


  • Drive Business reinvestment by making 179 Depreciation permanent and increase from 500k to 1 million annually.

  • Protect the home interest deduction on primary and secondary residences to continue to drive home ownership.

  • Remove non-medical allowance on first 10% of adjusted gross income and allow for full medical deduction from dollar one earned.

  • Make College and Vocational Training more affordable to American families by giving a full Federal deduction of tuition as well as an interest deduction on college loans regardless one’s income.

  • Help Single parents who are challenged in caring for their children by not having to pay income tax on alimony, which takes important resources from their children.

  • Social Security income should be exempt from income tax.

  • Remove hidden tax rules that deprive or discourage ones ability to earn income. (Social Security is a prime example)

  • Eliminate worksheets that determine if certain income is taxable or not.  Let’s make it clear what income is taxable and what income is not. (examples include; Tax credits on education, Social Security, Capital Gains)
What are the most important actions Congress can take to ensure the solvency of Social Security?
Answer from Peter "Pete" DiCianni:

Our government is currently borrowing money from Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid for the General fund to pay other expenses.  Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid are deducted from everyone paychecks and must be put into a protected fund. With this change we will protect the entitlement.  If we do not, we will continue to compromise our federal budget and jeopardize these top priority principles, which care for the elderly and insure the poor.

The Republican Party platform defines marriage as between a man and a woman. What is your view? The Obama Administration has issued guidelines to schools, saying they must allow transgender students to use the bathroom that matches their gender identity. What is your view? And do you believe parents of LGBT children should be allowed to force their children into conversion therapy?
Answer from Peter "Pete" DiCianni:

I am a Catholic and I have my own religious beliefs, but I also respect the beliefs and way of life of others. I respect and will uphold the law of the land. I don't condemn the love of others.


I think the President is making this too complicated and political.  Since all Public schools already have unisex bathrooms in place for it’s faculty members, I feel it would be much fairer and less controversial to permit transgender students to utilize those facilities rather than encroaching on the rights of other students.  This would also be a no cost mandate as these bathrooms already exist and would not put an undo financial burden on tax strapped districts who are already struggling to fund unfunded mandates from the State and Federal Government.  In my experience and in speaking to educators these students already feel uncomfortable and unwelcomed in either setting, but this neutral setting would give them the privacy they need and not be offensive to other students who have rights as well.

As far as limiting the rights of parents who may want to use therapy intervention I believe the government should stay out of the family/parent decisions as this is a personal matter and not the business of any government.

What is the single most important action Congress can take to reduce U.S. gun violence?
Answer from Peter "Pete" DiCianni:

First and foremost we must enforce the laws that are already on the books. Including enforcing illegal straw purchasers who buy a gun legally and turn around and sell the gun illegally to a bad actor must be prosecuted!


Background checks on all gun purchases, limitations of certain types of rifles, balancing gun safety with preserving the 2nd amendment are all important facets.  I do support universal background checks to prevent people with criminal backgrounds, records of domestic violence and or mental illness, from purchasing guns.  I believe that we as a law-biding, sound- minded people are protected by the US Constitution to own a gun to protect our families.  I am open to the discussion of limiting the purchase of assault weapons and high capacity magazines, which store over 25 rounds of ammunition.

Also keep in mind that criminals in most cases do not legally purchase these guns, but rather they buy them illegally.  So illegal guns coming in that are not sold or regulated will always be a challenge regardless of how many gun laws we put on the books.

The “Denying Firearms and Explosives to Dangerous Terrorists Act” would give the Department of Justice authority to keep suspected terrorists on the federal “no fly” list from buying firearms. The bill was voted down in Congress late last year but pushed again in June after the Orlando massacre of 49 people. Do you support or oppose this bill, and why?
Answer from Peter "Pete" DiCianni:

I support the Terrorist list which denies the right to own a gun if an individual is listed on the no fly list.  I feel this list must be updated timely and be as accurate as possible so that we do no unjustly have someone on the list that should not be there.

Should Obamacare be repealed, left intact, or changed — and if so, how? 
Answer from Peter "Pete" DiCianni:

I feel we must have a bipartisan solution for fixing or replacing Obamacare.  I am all for keeping the good qualities of mandatory coverage for preexisting conditions known as Guaranteed Issue, and coverage for Mental Illness, but after those qualities the law falls very short in enforcing participation since less than half of the targeted audience have followed the law.  It also falls short on covering people with disabilities including Autism; our Country’s #1 diagnosed condition affecting 1 in 45 children.  Any solution must insure mandatory coverage including diagnosis, treatment and medically necessary therapy to end the discrimination of people with Autism and all developmental disabilities.  In order for a successful 100% mandate to work to insure all people, we must have a better tool, incentive or consequence so that young, healthy, people who are often the majority of the folks who have not come on board do so.  Having authored 2 Healthcare laws, one of which was endorsed by the Sun-Times editorial I have a proven bipartisan record on passing affordable solutions to give people access to healthcare.

A plan to replace Obamacare, presented by House Speaker Paul Ryan in June, would gradually increase the eligibility age for Medicare, which is now 65. Starting in 2020, the Medicare age would rise along with the eligibility age for full Social Security benefits, eventually reaching 67. Do you support this change in the eligibility age for Medicare? 
Answer from Peter "Pete" DiCianni:

I am opposed to raising the age of eligibility for Social Security and Medicare Benefits at this time.

The GOP platform opposes the use of public funds for Planned Parenthood and other groups that “perform or advocate” abortion. It also opposes funding health care that includes abortion coverage. In contrast, the Democratic Party’s platform called for continued funding of Planned Parenthood and repeal of the Hyde Amendment, which bars the direct use of federal funds to pay for abortion. Where do you stand?  
Answer from Peter "Pete" DiCianni:

On the planned parenthood funding issue, I am sensitive to the needs of women, I have 2 daughters, 4 sisters and I am surrounded by exceptional women in work, public office and in life. One of my sisters had a child at the age of 17. I support planned parenthood funding for the healthcare needs of women but do not support funding abortions and therefore support the Hyde amendment.  

Also I do not oppose medical care that covers abortion if that is what the medical professional advises. I will not get in between a patient and their doctor.

President Obama has proposed making two years of community college free nationally. Do you support or oppose this proposal? If you support it, how would you have the nation pay for it? 
Answer from Peter "Pete" DiCianni:

My plans to make college more affordable and to give more vocational direction for our young

people include:


•   Reduce the financial burden of College Education by making college tax deductable while offering better access to Free or Reduced Community Colleges by increasing MAP and PEL Grant funding.

•   Advocate for Women’s issues including free community college along with free childcare for single mothers who dedicate themselves to pursue viable career paths.  This will be paid for by taking people off the government system and providing them the tools to be independent and provide for their family.  It will also fill vital shortages in health care related areas including CNA's, RN's, Nuclear Medicine, which are all in demand and pay at a high level.

•   Bring back Vocational Training including the Trades in our public Middle Schools, High Schools & Community Colleges especially in areas of Healthcare, Construction, Manufacturing (CNC) & Welding.  Access and fully funding Perkins Grants will be vital giving schools the technology and resources to help inspire our young people but it must start early.


Additional funding resources would come from BIG PHARMA and tariffs on Middle Eastern Oil who is manipulating pricing to hurt our domestic oil supply chain costing Americans over 200 thousand jobs.

College costs have risen at twice the rate of inflation for about 30 years. What is driving this increase and what should be done about it?
Answer from Peter "Pete" DiCianni:

Naturally, like most areas of costs, the rising costs in wages and benefits are the biggest cost increase driving education costs.  We must look at capping the costs of highly paid administrators who have extremely lucrative benefit and pension packages, which have huge legacy costs.


I would push to legislate tax breaks including the ability to deduct the cost of college as well as interest paid on student loans.


In addition, we must increase the opportunity for our community colleges to offer 4-year options through strategic partnerships.  For example at College of DuPage we have a 2+2 and a 3+1 program where you can get your bachelors degree through participating 4 year partners in specific high demand areas of study including nursing, business, engineering and many others.  For under $36,000 you can have a bachelors degree through the 3+1 program.  We must get our kids over the stigma that Community Colleges are just for kids who do not know what they want or if they are an average student.


As the oldest of 7 children, we all attended community colleges before moving on to 4 year institutions.  We have 3 CEO's, 1-Vice President, 1 Transplant Nurse, 1 Cosmetologist, and just this past June our first Medical Doctor who started his career as a Policeman, then moved to a Paramedic and today is an Emergency Room physician at Michigan State's Trauma Center in Lansing, MI.  

In addition strengthening our PELL Grants and MAP Grants are key since they are grants that do not need to be paid back.

Who gave money to this candidate?


Total money raised: $314,874

Top contributors that gave money to support the candidate, by organization:

Employees of Northwest Insurance Network
Employees of Jel Sert
Elmhurst Toyota and employees
Employees of Orange Crush LLC
Employees of State Farm Insurance

More information about contributions

By State:

Illinois 94.81%
District of Columbia 3.62%
Virginia 1.01%
Wisconsin 0.26%
Other 0.30%

By Size:

Large contributions (90.19%)
Small contributions (9.81%)

By Type:

From organizations (12.43%)
From individuals (87.57%)
Source: MapLight analysis of data from the Federal Election Commission.

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

Political Philosophy:




I am the immigrant grandson of a proud Italian and Irish family whose grandparents came from their respective countries searching for the American Dream.  In order for their families to come here legally, they had sponsors who provided them with work, often jobs that many others would not take since they were manual labor positions.  They worked hard, stayed with family while they got on their feet and encouraged my father and their grandchildren to get educated, learn a skill or trade, and work hard to contribute to this great country.  They encouraged us to be Americans while still embracing our ethnicity and faith.  They encouraged us to never take from government, unless we absolutely had to.  They also taught us the art of giving back to our community.




This is my philosophy on life and in government.  Government is important, as it is the safe guard for law and order.  Government is also the safety net for our most vulnerable.  We will be measured by how we care for our people, the elderly, the developmentally disabled, the mentally ill, and the poor.  Growing up the son of a high school business teacher and coach, my father encouraged and instilled entrepreneurship in his 7 children.  He also said to be the best at whatever you do.  Whether you’re a garbage man or a doctor. 




The challenge that I see our Country facing is that we have taken these basic qualities that have built this country: entrepreneurship, capitalism, comprehensive public education, hard work, and public safety and seem to be replacing them  with entitlements including a growing dependency and expansion of welfare at the sacrifice of our basic values.  With limited resources and growing entitlements, we are now degrading and not properly funding our basic values and we are putting public education, social services, care for the elderly and most vulnerable all at risk.  In my high school vocational classes I learned skills vital to providing a service to the community. As the saying goes: don’t give me fish; teach me how to fish. Those learned skills have allowed my wife Rose, a registered nurse, and me the ability to provide for our family with the hope of teaching them to fish too.  




My campaign will focus on four major issues including: our Economy, keeping America Safe, Investing in American Infrastructure, and lastly People Not Politics.




As a proven public servant, I will continue to come up with solutions to help people have a better quality of life using the principles taught to me.  I have great compassion for people and I want to provide them the tools to lead a better life.  It’s about People Not Politics!




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