Posted by : Fra Noi – January 15, 2017
The Joint Civic Committee of Italian Americans has elected Enza Raineri as president. Raineri and her fellow officers were installed by the Hon. Gloria Coco at the JCCIA’s Christmas party in December. Joining Raineri as JCCIA officers are First Vice President Jon Zivojnovic; Second Vice President Mariann Gullo, Third Vice President Ron Onesti, Treasurer Christine Caliendo Cerami, Secretary Arlene Elia and Sergeant-at-Arms John Galluzzi.
Vincenza “Enza” M. Raineri, President
Enza Raineri serves as the associate clerk of the Criminal/Juvenile Bureau for the Hon. Dorothy Brown, clerk of the Circuit Court of Cook County. Enza has oversight of the Criminal Division, Criminal Department, Central Bond Court, Domestic Violence Court and the Juvenile Court Center, which includes Juvenile Justice and Child Protection Divisions in the city of Chicago.
Enza was born and raised in Chicago, and is the eldest of three daughters born to immigrant parents from Sicily. The family moved from Old Town in Chicago to Albany Park to eventually settle on the Far Northwest Side of Chicago in the mid-1970s.
Enza studied at Triton College and eventually graduated from Roosevelt University School of Journalism with a B.A. in public relations. She worked at several Public Relations Agencies in Chicago, including completing internships at Hill & Knowlton, Bozell, Jacobs, Kenyon and Eckhardt and Hyatt Hotels International. Enza also worked as an account executive at Golin/Harris Public Relations before moving into county government.
Throughout her work career, Enza has always made it a commitment to participate in a variety of Italian community events and has served in some capacity as an officer or volunteer.
Enza previously served as second and third vice president of the JCCIA and is a board member of the Italian American Political Coalition and an active participant in the Justinian Society of Lawyers as a Liaison for the Clerk of the Court. For over 10 years, Enza has spearheaded the annual Italian-American Heritage Month Celebration of the Clerk of the Circuit Court’s office that has honored many prominent members of the Italian-American community.
Enza has also been honored by several Italian-American organizations, including the Order of Sons of Italy in American and the JCCIA Women’s Division with the IMPRESA Award. Enza is also past chair of the Cardinal Joseph Bernardin Humanitarian Award Dinner.
Enza has served on a variety of task forces and committees within county government, and has been very active in local politics and community service for over 30 years. She has worked on a variety of campaigns on a national and local level including two presidential campaigns and six county government races. She also fundraises for the Shrine of Our Lady of Pompeii in Little Italy.
Enza and her two children reside in Niles. Robert, 19, is a sophomore at Illinois State University and Arianna, 17, is a senior at Maine Township South High School in Park Ridge.