Senator Terry Link, D-Vernon Hills, was re-elected in 2002 to a 3rd term as State Senator of the 30th District. Link was born in Waukegan and has remained a lifelong resident of Lake County.
He attended North Chicago High School before going on to Stout State University. Senator Link is married to Susan McCall Link, and has four children: Lisa, Leah, Kelly, and Jennifer.
Senator Link was first elected to the State Senate in November of 1996. He currently serves as the Majority Caucus Whip and Chairman of the Senate Revenue Committee. In addition, he is a member of the Financial Institutions; Local Government; and Transportation Committees. Senator Link was recently appointed to the board of the Illinois Comprehensive Health Insurance Plan (CHIP), an insurance program that seeks to insure the uninsured. Link was also appointed to the Illinois Economic Development Board, which will allow him to assist local officials in attracting new businesses to the region and in creating new jobs for local residents. He recently served on the Toll Highway Financial Restructuring Committee, an ad hoc board that reviews the financial condition of the Authority and explores restructuring alternatives.
Prior to entering the Senate, Link was a partner in Major Industrial Trucking, a Lake County industrial equipment business. Link also worked at Johnson Controls in the governmental affairs division. He embarked on his career in government, and learned the intricate workings of Illinois government, through service with the State Treasurer’s office and the Secretary of State’s office.
Senator Link is an active member of a number of organizations throughout the 30th Senate District. These include: member of the Lake County Child Care Coalition; College of Lake County Foundation Board member; Vice-Chairman of American Heart Association (Waukegan-North Chicago chapter); member of the Lake County Chamber of Commerce; member of the Deerfield, Bannockburn, Riverwoods Chamber of Commerce; member of the Highwood Chamber of Commerce; and member of the Wheeling Chamber of Commerce. He recently was named chairman of Nicasa’s newest program, LifeStar, a task force targeting adolescent resiliency.
Through his service in the Senate and in Lake County, Senator Link has been recognized by a number of organizations. These include the prestigious Henry Toll Fellowship and BILLD Fellowship for outstanding leadership in the General Assembly; recipient of Distinguished Service Award by the Illinois Committee of Honest Government; Lake County AFL-CIO Person of the Year; recipient of NICASA Partners Award; recipient of the JCYS Mitzvah Award; recipient of the Chicago Horticultural Society Award; recipient of the Barat College Presidential Award; and recipient of the Psychological Society of Illinois Legislator of the Year Award; recipient of Nicasa’s Humanitarian Award. Senator Link most recently received the Helmet Award from the Associate Fire Fighters of Illinois in recognition of his efforts on behalf of fire fighters across the state.