Local Attorney and Iraq War vet would put “service before self” and

calls for bipartisanship efforts to solve county’s growing fiscal crisis     

WHEATON, IL — Trevor Orsinger launched his bid for a seat on the DuPage County Board, vowing to “put service before self” and fight so that “all voices are heard” in charting the County’s future through an effort he calls “One DuPage.”


“Solving DuPage County’s problems and unleashing our tremendous potential require collaboration, bipartisanship and fresh ideas,” said Orsinger, 39, a Wheaton attorney who filed more than 500 signatures on November 27, 2017, to represent the 4th District.


“As a 4th generation DuPage resident, I’ve seen traffic gridlock grow, more frequent flooding, the emergence of a County fiscal crisis and an unprecedented heroin epidemic. I’ve seen talented longtime residents and enthusiastic newcomers to this community want to leave because they can no longer afford to stay.  They lack a voice in County government and I will ensure they are heard.”


An Iraq war veteran and Judge Advocate General, Orsinger now serves as a Lieutenant Colonel in the Air National Guard.


Born and raised in Wheaton, Orsinger lives with his wife Meg and their three kids less than a mile from where he grew up. The Orsingers first came to DuPage in 1869.  In 1920, his great-grandfather Fred built a house in Glen Ellyn from a Sears-Roebuck catalog which is still standing. Both of Orsinger’s parents were teachers in DuPage County.


“I’m alarmed at the direction we’re going. I feel a new urgency in the future of DuPage County,” Orsinger said. “I can bring fresh ideas, forge new partnerships and get results for all residents, not just the insiders and special interests.  It is time for a new generation of leaders to represent all those who live in DuPage County.”


The details of Orsinger’s agenda – “One DuPage” – will be rolled out in upcoming weeks. It will emphasize creative bipartisan solutions, particularly in such areas as transportation, water systems and infrastructure. It will welcome and harness the energy of an increasingly diverse population, and ensure that all voices are heard. It will attract cutting-edge tech players and overhaul the County’s wasteful procurement process.


Orsinger is seeking to represent the 4th District – in the center of the County – which includes Glen Ellyn, most of Wheaton, and parts of Glendale Heights, Lombard, Bloomingdale, and Carol Stream.


In 2008, Orsinger deployed to Baghdad, Iraq to help the new government rebuild its judicial, correctional and law enforcement systems.  Besides his active duty military service in the United States Air Force, Orsinger has served as a Cook County Public Defender, worked at Fermi National Lab, CME Group, Inc., and the U.S. Department of Defense. He worked with military lawyers in the Republic of Poland to develop a lawyer-to-lawyer program under the umbrella of the National Guard State Partnership Program.


Following the footsteps of his parents – his mom taught at Fenton High and his dad taught at College of DuPage up until his death in 1995 – Orsinger taught military litigation at his alma mater, John Marshall Law School. He graduated with a degree in Philosophy from the Catholic University in Washington, D.C. and will complete his Master of Business Administration from DePaul University.


In 2003, Orsinger and his brother Drew wrote The Firefighter’s Best Friend, a comprehensive history of and loving tribute to firehouse dogs.


“DuPage County has so much to offer: a well-educated work-force, clean air and water, interstate highways, proximity to major air and rail hubs, strong communities. Yet, we’re lagging in so many measures.  We need to fix it.”


“The people of DuPage County need results, not continued inactivity by career politicians. The DuPage County Board needs vision and vigor. I look forward to a lively campaign,” Orsinger said.


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Liz Chaplin

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