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Anthony Bertuca wanted to join his friends from St. Ignatius at an out-of-state college, but the admissions staff at that Jesuit-run institution favored graduates from high schools operated by the same religious order.
Bertuca, now Berwyn’s city attorney, was educated in high school at Fenwick by the Dominican order. Undeterred, Bertuca enrolled at Morton College in the fall of 1962. It turned out to be a great move. He met his wife of 46 years, Mary, and all the classes he took during his 1½ years at Morton College transferred to Loyola University, where Bertuca completed his undergraduate requirements.
After Loyola, Bertuca earned his law degree from Chicago Kent College of Law. He has been the city of Berwyn’s attorney under the administrations of current mayor Robert Lovero for the past six years as well as the late Thomas Shaughnessy.
As Berwyn’s attorney, Bertuca has a wide range of duties for the state’s 25th largest community. He is responsible for handling litigation filed on behalf or against the city. He assists in supervising the drafting of all ordinances, resolutions, deeds, leases, contracts and other documents required by the city. He renders legal opinions and oversees the duties of the city’s appointed prosecutors, litigation and corporate council.
“It’s something new every day,” Bertuca said. “It keeps you very busy. It’s a challenge.”
While Bertuca didn’t receive an associate’s degree from Morton College, he appreciates the role it played in his life.
“It was a great experience and I’m happy I chose that path,” said Bertuca, who fondly remembered history instructor William Searles. “Every one of my classes from Morton College transferred to Loyola. Plus, it’s where I met my wife. If I didn’t go to Morton Junior College, who knows?”