|Illinois House of Representatives, District 39|
|January 14, 2015 - Present|
|January 10, 2017|
|Years in position||0|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 4, 2014|
|First elected||November 4, 2014|
|Next general||November 8, 2016|
|High school||Chapel Hill High School|
|Place of birth||Chapel Hill, North Carolina|
Guzzardi earned his Bachelor's in Comparative Literature from Brown University. His professional experience includes working in communications at the University of Chicago, as a reporter at Huffington Post Chicago and has tutored children in after school programs.
2015 legislative session
At the beginning of the 2015 legislative session, Guzzardi served on the following committees:
|Illinois Committee Assignments, 2015|
|• Economic Development & Housing|
|• Elementary & Secondary Education School Curriculum Policies|
|• Juvenile Justice & System-Involved|
|• Renewable Energy & Sustainability|
|• Special Needs Services|
Guzzardi's campaign website highlighted the following issues:
Strengthening Our Schools
- Excerpt: "Demand an immediate moratorium on the school closings that are devastating our communities."
- Excerpt: "Fight for the return of TIF surplus money to public schools to fund the restoration of arts, foreign languages, and physical education programs."
- Excerpt: "Push for an elected school board to give Chicagoans a voice in the decisions made about our children's education"
Tackling Our Budget
- Excerpt: "Fight for a fair income tax, with higher rates for higher earners and lower rates for lower earners."
- Excerpt: "Put an end to corporate tax loopholes and breaks that allow 60% of Illinois corporations to avoid paying any income tax at all."
- Excerpt: "Work for a solution to fund our pensions that honors our state's constitutionally protected contract with the working people who have paid into the system out of every paycheck, and who in most cases are ineligible for other retirement benefits like Social Security."
Making Government Accountable
- Excerpt: "Push for stronger rules prohibiting legislators from voting on bills that could directly benefit their own financial interests and the interests of their immediate family."
- Excerpt: "Limit the amount of money that political parties can donate to candidates."
- Excerpt: "Put an end to legislative scholarships and other taxpayer-funded handouts that benefit only the clouted and connected."
Keeping Our Neighborhoods Safe
- Excerpt: "Support and encourage community policing efforts, so that our officers can work more closely with our neighbors and community leaders."
- Excerpt: "Offer counseling and supportive services to first-time, non-violent teenage offenders to keep them away from gangs and help them stay in school."
- Excerpt: "Fight foreclosures by making banks sit down at the table and negotiate manageable mortgages with homeowners, keeping families in their homes and communities intact."
Creating Jobs And Growing The Economy
- Excerpt: "Back public programs to rebuild our state’s infrastructure while bringing jobs to Illinoisans and boosting the state’s economy."
- Excerpt: "Offer incentives to banks to lend more freely to small businesses, the biggest source of new jobs."
- Excerpt: "Invest in education at every level, to help our working families develop the skills to succeed in the modern economy."
Guzzardi's website listed the following issues:
- Strengthening our Schools
- Excerpt: "Will believes that strong schools make strong communities, and that every child deserves a quality public education."
- Keeping our Neighborhoods Safe
- Excerpt: "Will believes that all of our families and seniors should feel safe in their communities. The most effective path to safer streets is with good community-based policing, more outreach programs for at-risk youth, and active community involvement."
- Making Government Accountable
- Excerpt: "When elected officials betray the public trust our communities suffer, and our ability to use local government to be part of the solution deteriorates."
- Creating Jobs and Promoting Economic Development
- Excerpt: "Good jobs are the anchors of strong families and healthy communities, and the best driver of economic growth in our communities."
- Protecting Seniors
- Excerpt: "Just as we have an obligation to our children, we also must care for those who came before us and provided for our own futures."
Elections for the office of Illinois House of Representatives took place in 2014. A primary election took place on March 18, 2014. The general election was held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was December 2, 2013. Will Guzzardi defeated incumbent Maria Antonia Berrios in the Democratic primary and was unchallenged in the general election. James K. Muscarello (D) was removed from the ballot on January 7, 2014.
|Illinois House of Representatives, District 39 Democratic Primary, 2014|
|Maria Antonia Berrios Incumbent||39.6%||3,484|
Guzzardi ran in the 2012 election for Illinois House of Representatives District 39. Guzzardi lost to incumbent Maria Antonia Berrios in the Democratic primary on March 20, 2012. No candidates filed to run in the Republican primary.
The March 20 primary was separated by less than 150 votes. Guzzardi initially demanded a recount and challenged the results. However, on May 1, 2012, he conceded defeated.
|Illinois House of Representatives, District 39 Democratic Primary, 2012|
|Maria Antonia Berrios Incumbent||50.8%||4,021|
- The Illinois Observer
- Alderman Joe Moreno (1st Ward)
- Alderman Scott Waguespack (32nd Ward)
- Aldermen John Arena (45th Ward)
- SEIU Healthcare Illinois & Indiana
- SEIU Local 1
- SEIU Local 73
- AFSCME 31
- National Nurses United
- The Chicago Teachers Union
- Illinois Education Association
- Illinois Federation of Teachers
- Fraternal Order of Police, Chicago Lodge #7
- Northside Democracy for America
- Progressive Democrats of America -- PDA-Illinois and PDA-Chicago
- The People's Lobby
- Citizen Action of Illinois
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- Profile from the Illinois House of Representatives
- Official campaign website
- Biography from Project Vote Smart
- Will Guzzardi on Facebook
- Will Guzzardi on Twitter
- Official campaign website, "About Will," accessed February 18, 2014
- Official campaign website, "Issues," accessed February 18, 2014
- Campaign website, Issues
- Illinois Secretary of State, "Official candidate list," accessed March 18, 2014
- Illinois Board of Elections, "General Primary Election Official Canvass," April 18, 2014
- Illinois Secretary of State, "Official general election candidate list," accessed March 18, 2014
- Illinois State Board of Elections, "Candidate List," accessed December 5, 2011
- Illinois State Board of Elections, "Official 2012 Primary Results," accessed May 14, 2014
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- Official campaign website, "Endorsements," accessed February 18, 2014
- www.illinoisobserver.net, "Illinois House and Senate 2014 Primary Endorsements Part I,” accessed February 26, 2014
Maria Antonia Berrios (D)
|Illinois House of Representatives District 39
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