I am a happily married father of four, born and raised on the north side of Chicago in the Logan Square neighborhood.
I am of Puerto Rican descent; my parents were small business owners of a neighborhood grocery store. This was my first experience helping in the family business, and also serving the community. They always worked hard to achieve the American dream and instilled that work ethic in me. My father Pipo Cardona was always involved in the Puerto Rican community and served as vice president of the Puerto Rican Parade Committee in the 1990s. I attended neighborhood schools such as St. Sylvester and St. John Berchmans. I graduated from Quigley Seminary and obtained a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from Northeastern University.
My Public Service career began in 1992 while employed for the Cook County Board of Review. Throughout my years at the Board of Review, I worked for the residents of Cook County helping educate property owners on how to appeal their assessments. During my tenure at the Cook County Assessor’s office I was appointed as Director of Incentive Properties in 2010. This incentive program helps the communities retain commercial and industrial properties in Cook County, which secures jobs in the community. I have also been involved with non-for-profit organizations and churches to insure they are getting the permitted exemptions allowed by the State of Illinois.
My community involvement consists of helping residents appeal their property taxes. I have worked in conjunction with elected officials and brought these services to our community. I am also involved in helping my church coordinate back to school fairs, and campaigned for food donations to fill their food pantry for distribution to families in need. I volunteered at Kilbourn Park as a coach and with programs that introduce our youth to sports.
My top priority as Alderman is to give the residents of the 31st ward a voice, and not only listen, but also take steps to address ongoing issues within the ward. I want to improve our services and increase programs pertaining to seniors and our youth. Please join me in this fight to bring the community together. We have so much to do, let’s get to work!