Meet Ty Cratic
Born in Chicago and raised by his grandparents, his grandmother a maid and home healthcare worker for SEIU local 880, a union which Ty would later go on to work for in his college years. Ty's grandfather was a Cook County Sheriff's Deputy and barbershop owner.
Ty's grandparents raised him to believe in hope and faith; the same hope and faith that would see him through heavy child protective services, and when substance abuse issues hit their family. Through those dark times, Ty kept his family and continued with school and finding an interest in politics.
Ty volunteered for his alderman, the late-15th Ward Alderman Ted Thomas, and other campaigns like then-State Senator Lisa Madigan's run for Illinois Attorney General. After graduating high school, Ty attended Southern Illinois University an earned a degree in Political Science. Ty was elected president of the SIU College Democrats his freshmen year, and served two years.
As President, the SIUC College Democrats hosted the "Debate for the South", the only democratic Senate debate in Southern Illinois that featured then-State Senator Barack Obama. He was elected to the Undergraduate Student Senate, join Phi Alpha Delta Pre-Law Fraternity and the student newspaper, The Daily Egyptian.
After graduation with a degree in political science, Ty served as senior staff on two Congressional campaigns in Ohio and Georgia. One of which was the Field Director in the 13th Congressional District for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) on behalf of Congresswoman Betty Sutton. Sutton’s campaign was the only competitive congressional race in which a democrat won in the entire state. Ty's push to keep Democrats in the majority in the U.S. House of Representatives was to protect President Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act.
Ty returned to Chicago after the midterm elections, where he worked for one of Chicago's west side Alderman and helping to bring significant improvements and handling citizen concerns for both home and business. Later he went on to work in the county government working with taxpayers to lower the burden on property tax and ensure everyone pays their fair share.
After leaving the county government, Ty became a small business owner and also worked to elected JB Pritzker as Governor of the State of Illinois as a political advisor on the campaign. Spending two years on the Pritzker campaign, Ty's outreached to the African-American community, along with the LGBTQ+ community, often traveling alongside candidate now-Governor Pritzker.
Ty served as the Chairman of the Cook County Young Democrats for two years. As Chairman, he expanded the outreach of the organization and the members of the Executive Board, implement service projects and brought in new donors. He also sat on the Executive Board of the Cook County Democratic Party.
Ty lives in Chicago’s Tri-Taylor neighborhood on the Westside with his dog, Maya.