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Friday, Mar 14, 2014 at 8:51 AM
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By Colleen Connolly

5 Illinois Political Races You Should Know

5 Illinois Political Races You Should Know

As the primaries get closer, make sure you're familiar with the most contentious and important races. Read »

Friday, Feb 14, 2014 at 5:22 PM
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By Mark W. Anderson

Opinion: Berrios Crosses the Line in 39th House Race

Opinion: Berrios Crosses the Line in 39th House Race

Let’s get one thing straight, right off the bat: This story is not about Will Guzzardi. This story is about Toni Berrios. Read »

Thursday, Feb 6, 2014 at 11:42 AM
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By Mark W. Anderson

Opinion: Ill. 39th District Race Entering Rough-and-Tumble Phase

Opinion: Ill. 39th District Race Entering Rough-and-Tumble Phase

No one ever told Will Guzzardi it was going to be easier the second time around. Maybe now is the time it becomes clear just how hard it will be. Read »

Friday, Dec 6, 2013 at 4:05 PM
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By Mark W. Anderson

Guzzardi Grabs Ald. Moreno Endorsement

Guzzardi Grabs Ald. Moreno Endorsement

Guzzardi is gearing up for a 2014 rematch with incumbent Toni Berrios, who he lost to by a margin of 125 votes in 2012. Read »

Tuesday, Oct 8, 2013 at 8:48 AM
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By Mark W. Anderson

Will Guzzardi Have the Juice to Beat Berrios in 2014?

Will Guzzardi Have the Juice to Beat Berrios in 2014?

In 2012 the race for Illinois 39th District was one of the tightest of the year. This time, it could be even closer. Read »

Tuesday, May 1, 2012 at 4:29 PM
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By Edward McClelland

Guzzardi Concedes to Berrios

Guzzardi Concedes to Berrios

Will Guzzardi, who lost the Democratic primary to Rep. Toni Berrios by 125 votes, decides he does not have enough evidence to support an election challenge. Read »

Thursday, Mar 22, 2012 at 2:46 PM
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By Edward McClelland

Will Guzzardi: I'm Not Conceding

Will Guzzardi: I'm Not Conceding

Will Guzzardi, who trails state Rep. Toni Berrios by 111 votes with all precincts reporting, talks about taking on the Machine, and why he's not giving up his campaign just yet. Read »

Wednesday, Mar 21, 2012 at 3:21 PM
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By Edward McClelland

Joe Berrios's Bad Night

Joe Berrios's Bad Night

How can Joe Berrios continue as chairman of the Cook County Democratic Party when he's a liability in his own daughter's re-election bid? Read »

Monday, Mar 12, 2012 at 3:07 PM
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By Ward Room Staff

Will Guzzardi

Will Guzzardi

Will Guzzardi is a Democrat running the 39th Illinois Legislative District. Read »

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