Luis Arroyo, Jr.
Cook County, 8th District Commissioner (2014-)
A Humboldt Park native, Luis Arroyo, Jr. is one more soldier in his father Luis Arroyo’s growing Northwest Side political army. His 2014 victory to the Cook County Board’s Eighth District seat was a form of payback for Edwin Reyes, who had fired Arroyo, Sr. supporters from his staff. But it also helped kick off a massive political proxy war between his father and Cook County Democratic Party Chair Joseph Berrios, since that same year Berrios was busy unsuccessfully defending his daughter Toni Berrios' State Representative seat, and accused Arroyo, Sr. of not helping him tow the party line, instead focusing on his own son's race. Arroyo and his father went on to back two up-and-comer aldermen in the 31st and 36th Wards, Milly Santiago and Gilbert Villegas.
Arroyo says he began considering elected office in 2009, when Mayor Richard M. Daley interviewed him to fill retiring-Ald. Billy Ocasio’s vacant 26th Ward seat. The position ultimately went to Ald. Roberto Maldonado. In a perfect political circle, Maldonado went on to endorse Arroyo for the board seat he previously held.
Arroyo spent 18 years with the Chicago Department of Water Management, eventually becoming a Motor Truck Driver Supervisor, and is a member of Teamsters Local 700. In 2014, Arroyo promised to work to raise the County’s minimum wage and won the endorsement of the Hispanic American Labor Council, Teamsters Joint Council 25, IBEW Local 125, Journeymen Plumbers Local 130, and IUOE Local 150.
A father of two, Arroyo had his first child, a daughter, while attending Steinmetz High School. He and his wife Desiree live in Logan Square with their son. During the 2014 campaign, he pursued his Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies University Without Walls Program at Northeastern Illinois University. Their daughter attended the University of Central Florida.
Important Political Events
- 2014, Elected Cook County Commissioner, defeating Edwin Reyes