A lifelong resident of Chicago, John Kozlar was born into a proud family: parents Ken and Nancy, brothers Michael and Louis, and sister Michelle.
John Kozlar graduated from Mark Sheridan Academy on Chicago's South Side, and in 2007, graduated from Mount Carmel High School. After Mount Carmel, he went on to attend the University of Chicago and graduated in 2011 with Honors in Political Science. After college, John Kozlar attended the John Marshall Law School, became a licensed attorney in the State of Illinois, and is a member of the Chicago Bar Association. John is an employee of Aon plc in Chicago, and is a part of the Professional Risk Solutions team.
John Kozlar's first run for public office came in 2011 (at the age of 21) when he ran for Alderman as a progressive candidate in the heart of Chicago's political machine - the 11th Ward. With only $520, John Kozlar came within just 1,255 votes from forcing a run-off with then 13 year incumbent Alderman James Balcer. Four years later, John Kozlar ran for Alderman, this time against a member of the well-known Daley family. Against all odds, and for the first time in over 70 years in the 11th Ward, Team Kozlar forced a run-off against Patrick Daley-Thompson. Machine politicians and elitists spent over $650,000 to defeat John in 2015, with over $50,000 coming from current Mayor Rahm Emanuel.
As an active member in neighborhood developments, with a focus on building community relationships, John Kozlar is genuinely determined to make Chicago a better place for all residents. He is an advocate for the strong growth potential that our city offers and believes that Chicago consists of sound neighborhoods where great things can be accomplished when everyone works together. An energetic, bright, and respectful individual, John Kozlar understands the importance of securing our city's future, and continues to listen and learn the needs of each of our communities, door to door. He will work hard each and every day for Chicago - a place he proudly calls Home.