Illinois State Representative Fred Crespo, a Democrat from Hoffman Estates, serves as a full-time legislator representing the people of the 44th district since 2006. Crespo serves as Chairperson on the House Appropriations Committee for General Services and the House Elementary & Secondary Education: School Curriculum & Policies Committee.
Committed to fostering a transparent and fiscally responsible State government, State Representative Crespo introduced and passed legislation to end legislative scholarships and to create The Grant Transparency and Accountability Act. Crespo also served on a task force that created Performance Based Funding for Higher Education.
From receiving the Illinois Office of Tourism Lincoln Award to providing assistance for the construction of the much-needed Alexian Brothers Women’s and Children’s Hospital in the Northwest Suburbs of Chicago, State Representative Crespo has been well-recognized for energizing economic development both in the State as well as in his home district. Crespo worked with the Village of Hoffman Estates to secure funding for a full interchange at Interstate 90 and Barrington Road which, when completed in 2016, will improve both economic opportunities for the area as well as life-safety conditions for the region.
As a strong supporter of making education and meaningful employment accessible and available, State Representative Crespo worked collaboratively with the Village of Hanover Park, Harper Community College and Elgin Community College to open the Work and Education Center in Hanover Park in 2014.
State Representative Crespo has been recognized for his ongoing commitment and contributions to mental health concerns with the Legislator of the Year Award from the Illinois Psychological Association, the Illinois Hero Award from the National Association of Mental Illness (NAMI) and the Legislator of the Year Award from the National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders (ANAD). Women In Need Growing Stronger (WINGS) recognized Crespo for his efforts to end domestic violence, including his strong support for Civil Order of Protection laws in the State.
A resident of the Northwest Suburbs of Chicago for nearly 30 years, Crespo began his service to the community by volunteering on the Hoffman Estates Cultural Awareness Commission and the Hoffman Estates Plan Commission. In 2005 Crespo was elected to Village Trustee in Hoffman Estates. Crespo also volunteered as a track and field head coach at St. Hubert Catholic School in Hoffman Estates.
Crespo graduated from Loyola University of Chicago and attended Chicago Kent College of Law. He held an executive position at Peoples Energy where he worked from 1979 until 2003. Crespo is also a currently licensed real estate broker.
Crespo has been married for more than 30 years to his college sweetheart Dorothy. Together they have two daughters, Jennifer and Stephanie.