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Kevin Joyce / 2010 Top 40 Under 40

February 17, 2011

By Staff Reporter

Age 38 Place of Birth Chicago, IL Where you live Chicago, IL First Job Scooping ice cream at the mall. What it taught me The customer is always right. Status Married Family Spouse, Krista, and 7 children: Cameron (14), Kaila (9), Jessica (8), Michael (7), Kristen (6), Kevin (4) and Brendan (2). Three things people would be surprised to know about me 1. I love country music. When I met my wife she was singing country music. 2. My dream job is to be a head football coach at a Catholic University. 3. My first job in corporate America was throwing garbage for Waste Management Inc. Best advice you could give someone starting out In politics and government always call everyone back. Your constituents don’t mind if you disagree with them but they will never forgive you for ignoring them.
Born and raised on the Southwest side of Chicago, Kevin Joyce still lives in the Saint Cajetan Parish Community where he and his three brothers attended grade school. He graduated from Marist High School in 1989 and John Carroll University in 1993 where he was an All-Conference football player and a member of the wrestling team. Prior to being elected to the Illinois House of Representatives in 2002, Joyce worked for Waste Management Inc. and coached high school and college football. He had also served on the boards of directors for the Young Irish Fellowship Club of Chicago and the Keep Chicago Beautiful Foundation. His wife Krista and he are raising their seven children three blocks from his childhood home. In the legislature, Joyce authored the “Truth in Tuition” law which freezes college tuition at state universities for all four years of a student’s education. Some of his many legislative awards include most recently the 2009 Rerum Novarum Award from Saint Joseph’s Seminary and Francis Cardinal George, the 2009 Illinois Press Association Award for dedication to the principles of open government and to the rights of all Illinois citizens to have access to public information, the 2008 Illinois Victims.Org Legislator Hero Award for dedication to the rights of victims of violent crime and the 2007 National Multiple Sclerosis Society Legislative Champion Award.

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