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Christopher "Chris" Kasperski (R-Lindenhurst)

Specialist, U.S. Army (Retired)

-Born in Lake County.

-Raised and resides in Lindenhurst.

-B.A. Political Science (American Politics & Public Law)- University of Colorado Colorado Springs.

-U.S. Army Combat Engineer (12B).

-Decorated Afghanistan Combat Veteran. 

-Husband of eleven years to Allison.

-Together blessed with two beautiful children.

 

Our Story

Chris and Allison met while both were attending Grayslake Community (now Central) High School. They began dating a few years after graduating high school, Chris was working as a journeyman electrician, and Allison was working retail. The economic crash of 2008 prompted Chris to follow his desire to serve our country. With Allison's support, Chris enlisted in the U.S. Army on February 4th, 2009. He left for Basic Combat Training and Advanced Individual Training at Ft. Leonard Wood, Missouri. Chris volunteered to serve as a Combat Engineer to save lives by finding and clearing roadside bombs, land mines, and other Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs). One of the most dangerous and necessary jobs that the battlefields were demanding. 

 

Chris and Allison were engaged following his Army graduation in late May 2009. On June 10th, 2009, Chris put on his Army uniform and Allison the only white dress that she owned. Together, with a small contingent of family and friends, they went to the Lake County Courthouse in Waukegan, IL, to be married. Much to their dismay, there were no judges available to marry them at the Courthouse. Informed that they could try the Bond Court Judge next door at the Lake County Jail, they walked next door and were married in an adjoining conference room. Together they walked out of Lake County Jail a lot happier than most people do! 

 

Three days later, Chris reported to Ft. Drum, New York, to get things established for his new bride before she moved there. Chris was notified upon signing into his unit, the 630th Engineer Company (Route Clearance), that the unit was deploying to Afghanistan, and so was he. Allison quickly joined Chris for a few months before he eventually deployed to Kandahar Afghanistan in August of 2009. 

 

During the yearlong deployment, Chris and his brothers-in-arms served and fought in southern Afghanistan, clearing the roadways and villages of IEDs. Chris's platoon was struck by one of the most massive roadside bombs in the war's history during his first mission, which resulted in the tragic loss of his friend, Jeremiah Monroe. As distraught as they were over the loss of their brother, the men of the 630th Engineers had a vital mission to do. They forged on to clear and fight in some of the most dangerous areas in Afghanistan. They collectively earned the Valorous Unit Award for their efforts in finding 84 IEDs and surviving another 55 detonations (139 total), while losing two heroes, Monroe, and Alan Dikcis. Chris survived three separate IED blasts to his vehicle during the deployment. Chris was awarded the Combat Action Badge, Army Commendation Medal and Afghanistan Campaign Medal (with two bronze campaign stars), among others. 

 

Chris was medically-retired from the Army in April 2012, due to the injuries that he sustained as a result of the bomb blasts that he survived. The same day that Chris retired from the Army, the Kasperskis welcomed their son, Carson, to the world. They shortly relocated to Colorado Springs, Colorado, for Chris to attend UCCS as an undergraduate. In November 2013, their daughter, McKinley, was born. Chris graduated with a degree in Political Science in December 2015, and the family moved back home to Grayslake before they settled into Chris's childhood home in Lindenhurst. 

Chris and Allison celebrated their marriage before God and their family and friends in 2010.

Chris and Allison celebrated their marriage before God and their family and friends after he returned from Afghanistan in 2010.

Allison currently works as a Realtor with the Hering Homes Team of @properties in Grayslake. Chris has involved himself in local politics and elections, culminating as the successful campaign manager for IL Senator Craig Wilcox (R-McHenry) in 2018. Chris enjoys training and working with his service dog, Lakota, a ten-year-old Siberian Husky/Malamute mix. Allison enjoys the company of her Siberian Husky, Shila (Shy-la). They both enjoy their involvement in their children's sports and dance activities. 

 

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