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by Ellyn Fortino
Tue Mar 18

Guzzardi Unseats Berrios In The 39th State Legislative District

Will Guzzardi, Democratic challenger in the primary race for 39th district state representative, has successfully unseated long-time incumbent Maria "Toni" Berrios.

News that Berrios' campaign had conceded broke at Guzzardi's election night party at about 9:15 p.m. Audience members immediately erupted in cheers and people began hugging one another.

When Guzzardi entered the room, more than 300 of his supporters began chanting his name. Some at the victory party wore shirts reading "Team Guzz."

During his victory speech, Guzzardi said the community stood together to demand new leadership. 

"We said with one voice that every child deserves access to a great public education," Guzzardi told the crowd. "We said with one voice that the very wealthy and the biggest corporations ought to be held accountable to paying their fair share just like the rest of us. And we said with one voice that working people who have earned their retirement deserve to get it, right?"  Read more »

Quick Hit
by Ellyn Fortino
Tue Mar 18

Guzzardi Makes Final Pitch To Voters In 39th District

Just hours before the polls closed Tuesday evening, 39th District Democratic candidate Will Guzzardi greeted public transit commuters in Logan Square in a final attempt to get more people to vote.

"We're getting close to the end here, so it's the final push," Guzzardi told reporters outside the California Blue Line rail station shortly after 4:30 p.m. The polls close at 7 p.m. tonight.

"We've got hundreds of people out right now on doors getting voters out to the polls making sure we win this thing," he said.

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PI Original
by Ellyn Fortino
Mon Mar 17

Election Preview: Tensions Boil Over In The 26th District Legislative Race

Jhatayn “Jay” Travis, who is challenging incumbent State Rep. Christian Mitchell (D-Chicago) in the 26th District Democratic race, blasted her opponent Monday for "questionable election tactics." Mitchell's campaign called Travis' comments "desperate and superfluous." Progress Illinois details the latest scuffle kicking up dirt in the race on the eve of the primary election.

PI Original
by Ellyn Fortino
Wed Mar 12

Election Preview: A Look At The 39th District State Representative Race

With less than a week until the March primary election, eyes are peeled on the 39th District state representative race that pits politically-connected incumbent State Rep. Maria "Toni" Berrios (D-Chicago) against community organizer and former Huffington Post reporter Will Guzzardi. Progress Illinois takes a look at the contest, which has been called possibly the "most important state legislative race in Illinois in the primary."

Quick Hit
by Ashlee Rezin
Tue Feb 18

Illinois Elected Officials Discuss The Benefits Of Passing Immigration Reform (VIDEO)

Immigration reform is not dead, according to a group of elected officials who on Tuesday met in Chicago to discuss the benefits of providing a streamlined path to citizenship for America’s more than 11 million undocumented immigrants.

“So many people in America feel that comprehensive immigration reform is dead, that somehow it doesn’t have any possibility of being enacted into law. And I think, if anything, our presence here on this panel this morning, says that it’s alive and well,” said U.S. Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D, IL-4). “The conversation is continuing.” Read more »