Notice of Endorsement - State Senator > ILFOP

HOFFMAN ESTATES – The Illinois Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) State Lodge and Labor Council have both endorsed Illinois State Trooper Steve Caramelli for 22nd District State Senate. Caramelli, a Democrat, is running for the seat being vacated by Senator Michael Noland.

                “Steve has dedicated his working life to helping people and keeping them safe, and will  fight for working men and women, better schools, public safety, and a better future for our state,” said Illinois FOP State Lodge President Chris Southwood.

                “Steve won’t be bullied by those who want to take away the rights of working people to get a fair wage and benefits and earn a modest, well-deserved retirement for themselves and their families,” said Illinois FOP Labor Council Executive Director David Wickster.

                “I am grateful for the support my fellow law enforcement officers have given to my candidacy. We need a different approach to tackling our big problems in state government,” Caramelli said. “People from the 22nd District tell me we need to agree on a balanced budget and make our state more competitive economically, but we should never compromise on our commitment to working families.”

                Caramelli worked his way through college as a motor truck driver, is a former member of Teamsters Local 700 and the Cement Masons Union Local 502, and has worked for the past 12 years as a police officer, including the last decade for the Illinois State Police. He has been active on the political scene in northwestern Cook County for several years. He was elected as a Hanover Township trustee in 2013 and became Hanover Township Democratic Committeeman in 2014.

                Caramelli has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois-Chicago and has made progress toward a master’s degree in public administration at UIC. He is engaged to be married, and his son Matthew is a fifth grader in the U-46 school district. His parents, longtime loyal union members, immigrated from Mexico and Italy. Caramelli speaks fluent English, Spanish and Italian.    


                The Fraternal Order of Police, founded in 1915, is the largest organization of sworn law enforcement officers in the United States. With a proud tradition of officers representing officers, the FOP is the most respected and most recognized police organization in the country. The Illinois FOP State Lodge, chartered in 1963, is the second largest State Lodge, proudly representing more than 32,000 active duty and retired police officers - more than 10 percent of all FOP members nationwide. Visit for more information.

                The Illinois Fraternal Order of Police Labor Council is a law enforcement union representing more than 11,600 professionals in more than 514 bargaining units who work in the criminal justice system. The Labor Council negotiates and enforces contracts and  improves salaries, working conditions, and benefits for law enforcement professionals throughout Illinois. Its members include police officers who work for municipalities, universities, and elected Constitutional officials; county sheriff’s deputies, correctional and court security officers; probation officers; 911 telecommunicators; law enforcement records personnel; and some related support staff. Visit for more information. 

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