Al Riley, Supervisor
Al Riley has been Rich Township Supervisor since 2006. Prior to that, he became a Township Trustee in 2005 after having served twelve years as a Trustee in the Village of Olympia Fields. In 2008, he was named “Supervisor of the Year” from the Township Officials of Illinois (TOI) for his commitment to providing innovative senior services programming. He also steered Rich Township to apply for an RTA Innovation, Coordination and Enhancement grant. The Township was awarded a $190,000 grant to purchase a Global Positioning System based scheduling software program. It enabled Rich Township to more efficiently provide bus services throughout its’ service area. In 2010, Rich Township was named “Township of the Year” by TOI.
From 2007 to 2019, Riley served as State Representative of the 38th District of Illinois, in Cook County’s south-central suburbs. Riley was chosen to serve as Assistant Majority Leader of the House of Representatives from 2013 to 2017. Specific issues that he addressed included mass transit and transportation inequities, education funding reform, property tax relief and reform, and coordinated economic development. For his work, he was awarded Legislator of the Year and Best Voting Record from numerous organizations during his tenure.
Professionally, Riley is an urban planner and statistician. Since the early 70s, Riley’s career included heading planning departments in two counties, serving as a college administrator in charge of research and planning, and a Director of Biostatistics in the clinical trials division of a Comprehensive Cancer Center. Riley also taught urban studies and public health planning at the University of Illinois at Chicago, was a lecturer at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, and had been an adjunct professor of Public Administration and Statistics at Governors State University for fourteen years. He has published in the diverse areas of cancer clinical trials, housing, labor economics, educational research and health planning, and presented papers or seminars in those fields. He holds Bachelors’ degrees in Economic Geography and Secondary Education from Chicago State University, Master of Urban Planning and Policy Analysis, Master of Science in Statistics, and Doctoral study in Economic Public Policy Analysis, all from the University of Illinois at Chicago. He also serves on numerous civic, academic and service boards and commissions. An Army veteran, Riley served on active and reserve duty from 1972 to 1978 in the branches of Intelligence, Psychological Operations and Civil Affairs.