Highway Commissioner Arthur Craigen Sr. is the second oldest of 7 children and was born in Chicago, Illinois. He has spent the majority of his life in the Waukegan/North Chicago area. Upon graduation from North Chicago Community High School, he was drafted into the United States Army, where he served two years and was deployed to Vietnam.
After completing his tour of duty in 1970, Commissioner Craigen was employed by International Harvester Corporation as a Chipper/Grinder and was later advanced to Machine Operator. Because of his amazing technical and hands-on skills, Commissioner Craigen began to pursue his hobby of repairing automobiles and motorcycles in his spare time.
In 1972, that hobby opened the doors to entrepreneurship and brought to fruition Art's Auto Repair. Commissioner Craigen built his first garage behind his 14th Street home in 1974 and in 1978 changed the name of the business to Tri-City Towing. Two years later, Tri-City Towing became a full time endeavor. Tri-City Towing now resides in the new facility he built at 1400 14th Street in Waukegan.
Commissioner Craigen has been married to Mary his wife for 47 years and they are faithful members of Christian Valley Missionary Baptist Church in North Chicago, where he is a member of the Male Choir.