Interview Date: November 30, 2017
Interview Location: Morton Grove Public Library
Interviewer: Chad Comello
Transcriber: Eric Skoglund
Duration: 17 minutes
Andy DeMonte has lived in Morton Grove since 1960. He went to various schools around Chicago and Morton Grove, including St. Martha’s and Niles West. He began working for the Village of Morton Grove in 1969, shoveling asphalt as a member of the streets and alleys crew. While serving in the National Guard throughout the 1970s, Andy worked his way up through Morton Grove’s Public Works department, working as, among other things, a street sweeper operator, pumping station operator, and Division Superintendent of the Water and Sewer Department, before becoming Director of Public Works in 2003. The father of two sons, he has stayed engaged around the community as Morton Grove baseball association board member, park commissioner, and leader of Morton Grove Days.
In this November 2017 conversation, Andy shares stories of his life, exploring the village on his bike as a kid, dealing with a particularly bad snowstorm, and appreciating Morton Grove’s residents and small-town feel.