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Connor VlaKancic was born in Aurora, Illinois and lived on May Street. His paternal Grandfather and his parents worked at Barber-Greene. When he was three years, his family (parents and older sister) moved to Hinckley to his maternal Grandparents dairy farm on Somonauk Road. He graduated from Hinckley-Big Rock HS and graduated from technical college in Chicago. His sister worked at All-Steel, living in Aurora. His parents retired to Sycamore, IL. He has returned to Aurora and DeKalb County multiple times every year. After college in Chicago, he moved to San Jose, CA and achieved a thirty-five year career in semiconductor electronics (Fairchild, Timex, Intel) and software (Apple Computer, . Produced over two dozen US patents at his employment. And achieved three patents of his own to start-up five companies of his own entrepreneurship.
Connor wrote the original "Contract with America" that he provided to Rep. Newt Gingrich in August 1994. And was a newly created Reform Party candidate in the US 15th Congressional District in September 1995. He was a Registrar of Voters voting Precinct Captain ten times in Santa Clara and Santa Cruz, California Connor was a Republican candidate for US Congress in California 17th Congressional District in 2006. And a Joliet resident write-in candidate for US Congress Illinois 11th Congressional District in 2012.
In January 2000, in Croatia, his Grandfather's homeland, Connor VlaKancic was appointed by US Ambassador William Montgomery, to be US Department of State Representative to OSCE/ODIHR in Europe to be international election observer following the death of Croatian President Franjo Tudjman. A responsibility that he has performed more times in the new democracies that have emerged with the disintegration of Yugoslavia.
Connor was the US Representative Independent not-partisan candidate in the September 2015 Illinois 18th CD Special General election to replace Rep. Aaron Schock. His OSCE electioneering commitments in Croatia prevented him from returning to Illinois within the short time-line to collect registered voter signatures to achieve ballot position. Undaunted, he filed registered write-in candidacy in all 19 counties of the 18th CD. During July and August, he literally drove 75%+ of the highways and byways in the 18th's CD meeting with frustrated voters.
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