November 19, 2011: Adam Andrzejewski resigned from For The Good of Illinois Board and President to run For The Good of Illinois PAC.
Adam Andrzejewski founded For The Good of Illinois in 2007.
Disturbed by the culture of corruption slowly destroying Illinois, Adam Andrzejewski embarked on a mission to bring a new day to his home state. He left his career as a successful entrepreneur to launch For the Good of Illinois with the purpose of bringing transparency, accountability, and limits to state and local government.
Andrzejewski spearheaded one of the most successful good government movements in Illinois history. Over $2 billion in public spending was posted online, as local volunteers were trained to ask units of government to post their checkbooks. School districts, community colleges, municipalities plus Cook and DuPage counties were leaders in the transparency revolution. Seeing every dime of spending gives taxpayers respect and public spending scrutiny.
In March, 2009, Andrzejewski resigned from For The Good of Illinois to run for governor.
• If elected Governor of Illinois, Andrzejewski would issue two executive orders: post all state spending online with “Every Dime Online In Real Time” and institute a “Forensic Audit” of every dime of state spending. “Open the Books” became the mantra.
As a candidate, Adam boldly challenged the political establishment. Determined to bring down the very machine standing in his way, Adam traveled throughout the state with his team, building a movement of citizens dedicated to limited, accountable and transparent government of, by, and for the people.
Rush Limbaugh called Andrzejewski “the next Scott Brown”; Eric Erickson at Red State wrote that “He’s a dream candidate. He’s a Rubio”. Lech Walesa- Cold War hero, founder of Solidarity, Noble Peace Prize winner 1984, first Polish President in modern era- called Andrzejewski “a young Ronald Reagan” Walesa continued, “The world needs Solidarity, a New Solidarity. I see this in Adam Andrzejewski.”
On February 2, 2010, Adam and his supporters learned the road to a new day was longer than they had hoped.
Against six of the biggest names in the Republican Party, Andrzejewski won the second most number of counties: eleven. Winning eleven counties and garnering over 111,000 votes, they still believe that what they started over the course of a year is of epic proportions and has already made history in countless ways. With a rekindled sense of purpose, they joined together to re-launch For the Good of Illinois and introduced the For the Good of Illinois PAC in 2010.
For The Good of Illinois PAC helped win three of four General Assembly races in the November 2010 election cycle. Sen. Kyle McCarter, Sam McCann and Dwight Kay all won their races against nearly impossible odds. The Democrats spent nearly $6million against our backed candidates. Only Cedra Crenshaw was defeated.
• For The Good of Illinois worked with state representative Dwight Kay to co-draft HR52, a forensic audit of state employee workers compensation claims. After the Belleville News Democrat broke the Menards prison story on a possible $10 million fraud, HR52 became HR131 and passed the Illinois House unanimously.
• On September 12, 2011, For The Good of Illinois posted online at www.openthebooks.com over 7 million lines of government employee salary, retirement and workers compensation claims. Tearing back the opacity of local and state government spending, over $236 billion (quarter trillion) was opened to taxpayer scrutiny. Hard working citizens deserve respect to see every dime of spending.
EARLY BACKGROUND: After college, Adam and his brother started a family publishing business – HomePages. The Andrzejewski brothers published hometown phonebooks and competed against the perceived “monopoly” – Yellow Pages. Starting from their apartments, Adam and his brother employed 150 people after nine years, and sales grew to nearly $20 million. Adam’s company received national recognition in Success Magazine in the Summer 2006 issue. Success Magazine called the Andrzejewski brothers- “The New American Dreamers.”
Celebrating their ten year wedding anniversary in 2010, Adam is married to Kerry. They are parents of three daughters. The Andrzejewski home is in Hinsdale. The Andrzejewski’s are parishioners of St. Isaac Jogues Catholic Church in Hinsdale.
Adam Andrzejewski was raised in the close knit, farming community of Herscher, IL, in Kankakee County. He is the oldest of 7 children. Early in life, Adam relied on his family, faith and rural community while developing his tough work ethic.
Adam “walked beans”, detasseled corn and baled hay in the hot summer fields alongside the local farmers. During college, he worked at a suburban insurance company and also at a construction company as a laborer. His life experiences taught him the value of every hard earned dollar. He was frugal and saved his earnings, allowing him to graduate from Northern Illinois University with a business degree.
Adam has played the violin since the fourth grade. Enjoying the challenge of chess as a youth, Adam beat the high school chess champion while still in grade school. Adam is a marathon runner and he competed in the 26.2 mile Chicago Marathon in 1995, 1997, 1999, and 2001.