Dwayne Truss is a life-long resident of the city of Chicago. Born and raised in West Garfield Park, he is a proud graduate of Chicago Public Schools. After graduating from Westinghouse Area Career Vocational High School in 1981, he joined the United States Marine Corps Reserve. After a short tenure with the USMCR, he transferred to the Army National Guard. He was honorably discharged in 1986. Dwayne also earned his B.S. in Accounting from Northeastern Illinois University in 1985.
During his tenure at Northeastern Illinois University, he served as the president of the Black Heritage and Black Caucus Clubs, member of the Student Senate, a tutor with Project Success, and the Chicago Northwest Side Student Coordinator for Mayor Harold Washington’s successful 1983 campaign for Mayor. He also met his soul-mate, Cata, at Northeastern. They were married in 1986.
His civic career is lengthy. He has served his community in the following capacities: Executive director/coach of Austin Youth League/Austin Mandela Little League from 1990 to 2007; local school council member at Byford (now Brunson), Hitch, and Ella Flagg Young; former assistant director of Raise Your Hand for Illinois Education; former co-chair and current member of the Austin Community Action Council. He’s a member of the following: Columbus Park Advisory Council, Westside Parks Executive Advisory Council, Action Now, the Westside Branch of the NAACP, and Raise Your Hand. He is also an occasional contributor to both the Austin Weekly News and AustinTalks.org newspapers.
His major accomplishments includes leading or being the catalyst for the following: the construction and current academic focus of the new Westinghouse High School, the renovation of Austin High School, the renovation of the new ball fields at Columbus Park, the renovation of Rockne Stadium, the re-consolidation of Austin High School as the neighborhood high school, CPS changing its’ policy concerning minority contractors notification of general contractors payments received, lobbied successfully against Chicago’s bid for the 2016 Olympics, helped led the fight against school closings and privatizing schools, and the recent Chicago Park District announcement of $3 million for work on Austin Parks.
He has been married to his wife Cata Truss for 32 years. He currently resides in Austin. He is the proud father of five sons (four who are college graduates) and proud grandfather of eight grandchildren. In addition to his children, he and his wife helped raise two nieces, and two nephews.