Luis Arroyo

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Luis Arroyo

b. June 13, 1954

Illinois, State Representative (2006-)
Chicago, 36th Ward Democratic Committeeman (2015-)

Originally from Corozal, Puerto Rico, Arroyo relocated to New York and then to Chicago in 1967 where he graduated from (what is now) Roberto Clemente High School. He was the owner of Arroyo’s Restaurant on Fullerton Avenue for six years.

Arroyo's political career began as an Illinois Toll Way collector. He then went to work with the Chicago Department of Water Management as a brick layer where he was eventually elevated to Project Administrator. Now retired from the Water Department, he is still a member of the International Union of Bricklayers and Allied Craftsmen.

Once an ally of Cook County Democratic Chairman Joseph Berrios, Arroyo began to split in 2014 when he ran his son, Luis Arroyo, Jr., for Cook County Commissioner against Edwin Reyes, a pol who many fellow party leaders had done his time to earn the position. Simultaneously, Berrios' daughter, State Rep. Toni Berrios was in the fight of her life against Will Guzzardi. Toni lost her race, while Luis, Jr. won his, drawing accusations from Berrios that Arroyo was trying to make himself the new man on top.

At about the same time, the 36th Ward, where Arroyo lives, had been remapped, making it a new supermajority Latino ward. In 2015 Arroyo then put up for 36th Ward Alderman Gilbert Villegas, the former head staffer of the Illinois Legislative Latino Caucus, a group Arroyo chairs. Meanwhile, to show his strength, Arroyo played a big role in Milly Santiago's Aldermanic campaign in the 31st Ward against Ray Suarez, Berrios' home ward. Both Villagas and Santiago won their 2015 races, making Arroyo the new Latino who can win races, endangering Berrios' political position as Chair of the County Party.

Following the 2015 elections, Ald. Nicholas Sposato, who had moved from the 36th to 39th Wards, resigned his 36th Ward Democratic Committee position, which Arroyo was appointed to in August 2015.

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