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Luis Gutierrez Will Not Run For Reelection

Luis Gutierrez Will Not Run For Reelection

Democratic Rep. Luis Gutierrez of IL, a leading progressive voice on immigration, is expected to announce his retirement Tuesday. That's why so many were caught off-guard by reports that he will not run for re-election.

The Near Northwest Side Democrat has been one of the more high-profile Latino politicians in the country, advocating forcefully for immigrant rights, since he became a USA representative 25 years ago. "Gutierrez has represented Illinois" fourth congressional district since 1993. A Puerto Rican, he has been a lead proponent in recent weeks of providing federal aid to storm-ravaged Puerto Rico.

Gutierrez filed nominating signature petitions to run again Monday, but the sources said he would pull that paperwork Tuesday.

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Fox News said it has confirmed Gutierrez, a frequent critic of the Trump administration, will retire.

The Democratic lawmaker will make his announcement at 1 p.m., Central time, and is expected to endorse Cook County Commissioner Jesus Chuy Garcia to succeed him, sources told NBC 5.

Gutierrez is a leading progressive immigration reform advocate and was arrested while protesting Trump's decision to rollback the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) provision in August.