Student, Loras College, Dubuque, Iowa, 1957-1958.
Various positions to area supervisor, Chicago Parks, 1958-1975; alderman, Chicago City Council, 1975-1983; member, 98th-104th Congresses from 5th (now 3rd) District Illinois, since 1983; ranking minority member, member transportation and infrastructure subcommittee on railroads.
Democratic ward committeeman, Chicago, since 1975. Delegate Democratic National Midterm Convention, 1974, Democratic National Convention, 1976, 84, 88. President Greater Midway Economics and Community Development Committee.
Member Chicago History Society, The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, president'scoun. St. Xavier College; member Congressional Competitive Caucus, Congressional Caucus for Women's Issues, Congressional Hispanic Caucus, Congressional Human Rights Caucus, Congressional Populist Caucus, Democratic Study Group, Export Task Force, Institute for Illinois, Maritime Caucus, N.E.-Midwest Congressional Coalition, Urban Caucus. Member Polish National Alliance, Kiwanis (Distinguished Svc. award, president, PeaceThrough Strength Leadership award 1991).
Married Rose Marie Lapinski, August 29, 1962. Children: Laura, Daniel.