Jim Ruffatto

Board of Trustees
Title: Trustee
Phone: (847) 499-9233
Jim Ruffatto

About the Trustee
  • Birthplace: Chicago, IL. 
  • I've lived in Wheeling since: 1977
  • Family:  Married to Rose, a lifelong resident of Wheeling, Children Jim (Danielle), Mike (Kara), Katy (Rob) and Emily (Zach). Ten Grandchildren (nine boys and one girl)
  • Education: Holy Cross HS (now Guerin Prep) River Grove, Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Northern Illinois University
  • Occupation: I am now retired, but worked in Information Technology for over 40 years in various technical and management positions for A.C Nielsen, Trans Union and retiring from AT&T in 2018.
  • Hobbies & Interests: We like to travel domestically and internationally, putter around the yard and now some golf.
  • Previously held offices/appointments: I was a member of the Plan Commission for 15 years, the last 10 serving as the chairman.
  • The most important thing to me about being an elected official:  Be part of the team to continue the great progress we have made in the village. To always consider what is in the best interest of our residents and village.
  • My favorite place in Wheeling is: I really like to sit on the front porch of our house and talk to all of our neighbors. Someone just said to me that they knew spring/summer was here because Jim & Rose were sitting on their porch. I am really going to like Wheeling town Center because of the entertainment and restaurants.
  • I belong to: St. Mary Parish, but prior to that was very active at St. Joseph the Worker, serving on the parish School Board and many functions for Familyfest and other fundraising/capital campaigns.
  • In the next 10 years, I see Wheeling changing in the following ways:  Wheeling Town Center is going to influence more development to the west, especially the Station Area Plan.
  • Person who has influenced me throughout my life:  My parents in that they both stressed education, sharing and giving.


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