patoskaMark Patoska serves as a senior research associate for the Civic Federation, Chicago. He is a veteran, having served in the U.S. Navy and was an alderman for the City of Blue Island, where he served as the chair of the Finance Committee and as a member of the Community Development Committee. He also was a public safety officer for Metro South Medical Center in Blue Island. After graduation from Moraine Valley, Patoska earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Dominican University and a Master of Public Administration from DePaul University. He received a Distinguished Alumni Award from Dwight D. Eisenhower High School in Blue Island, and was a keynote speaker at the Pi Alpha Alpha Honor Society induction ceremony at DePaul University.