Who is Peter Janko?
Let me start by saying what Peter is not. He is not a career politician He has always been his own person, never swayed by the status quo, doing what is right rather than what is expected.
A war refugee from Germany, Peter was brought to the United States at the age of 4 on a converted troop ship; a journey that taught him a lasting lesson about what means to be an American.
From a young age, Peter has been passionate about making the world a better place. Throughout his life, Peter has engaged in community service and activism. As a teenager growing up in Chicago, Peter was involved in the civil rights movement and the ecology movement (predecessor to today’s environmentalism).
Peter’s first career was with a leading Chicago marketing research firm. After a few years, he went back to school to study electronics leading to a new career in engineering, first in product design, then telecommunications. In 2002, Pete started a business in architectural historic preservation & restoration.
Peter, until recently, sat on the Board of the Preservation Trades Network (PTN), a national non-profit organization which provides education, networking and outreach for the traditional building trades. He previously served on the McHenry County Historic Preservation Commission.
Peter and his wife Nancy live in Marengo in a house they built together, pioneer style, in 1989; they have two adult children.
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You can say that I am the embodiment of the American dream. I am an Immigrant and a War Refugee. My family settled in Chicago where I lived most of my life. Read More…
I am a lifelong progressive Democrat as well as a lifelong activist/organizer. I began working toward a better planet in my teens by getting involved in civil rights, the Vietnam War protests, and the ecology movement. The first Earth Day was in 1970. The quest for alternative energy went mainstream. Yes, even back then, brought on by the 1973 oil crisis.