pushing both parties to overhaul the budget process to align spending with available revenue while preserving our top priorities. He won an uphill battle to pass legislation that doubled the amount of electronic waste manufacturers are required to recycle. Daniel also played a pivotal role in passing legislation to support Illinois’s high-tech entrepreneurs by tripling investments in Illinois venture capital at no cost to taxpayers, an effort that had stalled in the House in previous years.
In just his first term, Daniel has already earned broad acclaim for his leadership and accomplishments. The Illinois Recycling Association recognized Daniel as a Recycling Hero; he won the Legislator of the Year award from the Illinois Association of Park Districts and was given the John W. Maitland Award by the Illinois Biotechnology Industry Organization. Daniel served as a co-chair for a bipartisan working group to explore solutions to address the state’s pension crisis and was recently appointed to chair the state’s Digital Divide Elimination Advisory Committee.
Daniel serves on seven House Committees: Higher Education Appropriations, Elementary and Secondary Education Appropriations, Bio-Technology, Consumer Protection, International Trade and Commerce, Personnel and Pensions, and Small Business and Empowerment and Workforce Development.
With State Senator Jeff Schoenberg’s retirement at the end of the 2012 legislative session, Daniel is running for the open 9th State Senate district seat. The 9th district includes Golf, Kenilworth, Northfield, Wilmette, and Winnetka, and parts of Evanston, Glencoe, Glenview, Morton Grove, Northbrook and Skokie.
Daniel is married to Karin Steinbrueck, a doctoral candidate in history at Northwestern University. Daniel and Karin live in Evanston with their two young children, Elliot and Theodore. Daniel holds a doctorate in mathematics from MIT and an undergraduate degree in mathematics from Harvard University.
Percy “Van” Crocker brings extensive licensing, partnership, and strategic experience to AuraSense Therapeutics. After a 10-year career in consulting and business development, he joined AuraSense, LLC in 2009 as Vice President of Commercial Development and joined AuraSense Therapeutics in the same role at its founding. From 2006 to 2009, Van was a member of the Healthcare Practice at Booz Allen Hamilton/ Booz & Company, where he engaged Fortune 500 clients in strategic initiatives including corporate restructuring and M&A. Prior to Booz & Company, Van was the first employee and Associate Director of Business Development at NanoInk, Inc., a nanotechnology firm founded by Dr. Chad Mirkin in 2000. While at NanoInk, he closed multiple funded license and co-development partnerships in the