Two years ago, Illinois Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-Chicago) announced that he would not seek re-election, only to reverse course and run for a 13th term. This year, he filed qualification papers to seek a ballot position in 2018, but now he is reportedly going to announce later today that he is going to retire. Illinois’ 4th District is 70% Hispanic and heavily Democratic. Both Hillary Clinton and President Obama exceeded 80% of the vote in the most recent pair of national elections. Cook County Commissioner Jesus “Chuy” Garcia (D) is expected to quickly file to run, but with the December 4th candidate filing deadline fast approaching, little time remains for prospective candidates to make a decision. All the political action will be in the March 20th Democratic primary. The winner of that plurality contest will claim the seat in the November 2018 general election.
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