TyJuan James Cratic was born in Chicago, Illinois. He attended John Hope College Prep, De La Salle Institute and earned his B.A. degree in Political Science at Southern Illinois University.
During the 2002 gubernatorial and senatorial elections, TyJuan volunteered for then‐Senator Lisa Madigan's Campaign for Illinois Attorney General. Soon after, he was offered an internship and become the only high school intern on the successful statewide campaign. During the campaign, TyJuan spoke to people from around the state meeting with groups such as the Young Democrats of Illinois, the Young Democrats of Cook County, and the Stonewall Democrats.
Following the success of the Illinois Democrats in 2002, TyJuan gained a new appreciation for civics and the use of the political system to make a difference in the everyday lives of working people. In January 2003, TyJuan was appointed Captain of the 31st Precinct of the 15th ward by Alderman Theodore Thomas, and was later appointed to the 7th Precinct. As the Precinct Captain, TyJuan served his community faithfully.
He helped provide low and middle income families with assistance in dealing with utilities, as well as helped with home repair though the Community Economic Development Advance (CEDA) Program. In addition to working on mundane, but important, issues such as removing abandon cars, TyJuan also served as a liaison between the alderman and his constituents. In June of 2003, he was hired to be a member of the Domestic Relations Department in the Cook County Circuit Court Clerk’s Office.
TyJuan did his undergraduate studies at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, majoring in Political Science. He soon became president of the SIU College Democrats. As President, the SIUC College Democrats hosted the "Debate for the South", the only democratic senate debate in Southern Illinois that featured Barack Obama and Dan Hynes.
He was also elected as a senator of the College of Liberal Arts in the Student Government, and appointed committeeman for the 23rd precinct of Carbondale. Appointed to the SIU Student Health Advisory Board, TyJuan, spent three years on this committee working to established domestic partner benefits for students and university employees. In serving three years in the student Senate, he served on the university's mass transit committee and was appointed to the city of Carbondale's Human Relations Committee.
TyJuan also served on the Southern Illinois Advisory Board of the Department of Children and Family Services. While serving on the board he made recommendations that made financial education a cornerstone of children that were in the care of the state.
In 2006, TyJuan was elected to another term as President of the SIUC College Democrats. He started the Progressive Campaign to help raise awareness for progressive candidates and legislation among young Americans. A new type of government that serves the concerns of young people, the true future of America.
After SIU's former Chancellor made condemning comments about homosexuality, he was appointed to represent undergraduate students on the Provost LGBT Adhoc Committee. As the only undergraduate student on this committee he found it important to hold the university to the fire to change outdated policies. TyJuan was a part of recommending a change in university policies that blocked same‐sex couples as live‐in resident hall directors and having no hate crime reporting after a several hate crime situations occurred on campus. One of the recommendations TyJuan was truly proud of was paving the way for the SIU LGBT Recourse Center.On April 5, he was been elected President of the Illinois Federation of College Democrats. He made the Higher Education Revolving Loan Program, civil unions and lowering the cost of the textbooks one of the top legislative and political issues of his term. One of his most respected accomplishments was establishing the IFCD in Illinois as a Political Action Committee. This status allowed the organization to raise money for local candidates and establish political weight. TyJuan created one central statewide website that brought college democrat chapter together in communication.
In June of 2008, TyJuan was awarded the 30 Under 30 Award, by Chicago's Windy City Times Media Group, an honor that he was truly grateful to have received.
In April of 2009, TyJuan ended his terms as President the Illinois Federation of College Democrats and Chair of the College Democrats of American GLBT Caucus.
In October 2009, TyJuan took the position as Media Coordinator for the U.S. Senate Democratic Primary Debate. He created and maintained a database of print, television and radio media in Southern Illinois. He wrote and distributed press releases for tradition and new media outlets and coordinated articles and interviews by regional media markets. He also created numerous new media resources for public relation purposes, organized press conferences and coordinated messaging for the media. It was a successful debate between the Democratic candidates on January 19, 2010.
Most recently, TyJuan served as the 2010 District Canvass Director in Ohio's 13th Congressional District for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) on behalf of Congresswoman Betty Sutton. Ohio-13 was the only competitive congressional race which a democrat won in the state.
Before Ohio, he was the Field Director in the successful primary campaign in Georgia's 12th congressional district for Democratic Congressman John Barrow.
January 2010, TyJuan was Media Relations Director for one of the only U.S Senate primary debates in Illinois. TyJuan is also a board member of the non-profit HELO Foundation.