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CI: Frank Gambino - State Senate District 34

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Frank Gambino is a businessman, family man and life long resident of the Rockford area. He is part owner of Gambino Realtors and Gambino Homes LLC which has been building and selling homes in the area for over 85 years. After attending Indiana University in the early 80's Frank returned to Rockford to work for the family business. Shortly thereafter he married his wife of 25 years and began his life as a husband and father.

Frank and his partner have grown the Real Estate and Home Building businesses into one of the largest in the Rockford area. They have sold and built homes to thousands of families. Despite the downturn in the housing market Gambino Realtors and Gambino Homes LLC continue to successfully operate and employ people and support other local businesses through the purchasing of supplies and services.

In 2006 Frank decided to run for the Winnebago County Board. Prior to the primary election he was asked to take an appointment to the board. Frank declined stating that he would prefer to run and be elected to the position. He won the primary handily against the incumbent. Frank went on to win the general election as well and has served on the county board since. In 2008 his Republican colleagues on the board elected him to serve as Majority Leader of the Republican caucus.

In 2011 the Rockford Register star wrote a feature article on Frank highlighting his independent leadership. His business experience and his commitment to getting the job done has helped produce balanced county board budgets despite declining revenues. Frank is widely praised for his ability to cut through the political issues and craft needed reforms of county government and the way they do business.

Frank was instrumental in achieving a successful outcome on a vote by the county board to eliminate board member pensions. Citing the economic climate and the example that must be set by elected officials, Frank has pledged to work to bring the same kind of reforms to Springfield.

Frank has begun his campaign by advocating for a strong agenda for business expansion and job creation. Part of that agenda means repealing the 67% tax increase, reform of the pension system, and lawsuit reform. Frank understands that removing the regulations and tax burdens from people and businesses in Illinois will create the environment for job creation.

Frank, his wife Angel, four children, and two Grandchildren reside in Rockford Illinois.

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