Rep. Will Guzzardi
iLLINOIS FUTURE CAUCUS, CO-CHAIR (D)
State Representative Will Guzzardi took office in January 2015. Since then he has worked to put the needs and values of his constituents first, by fighting for legislation that will benefit working people and families.
Before being elected in 2014, Will worked as a reporter for Huffington Post Chicago, where he did pioneering investigative reporting and shone a light on the often unseen and underappreciated work of nonprofit groups and community organizations across the city. Through his work, Will met neighbors, community leaders and heads of human services agencies who were all saying the same thing--our communities are suffering and our elected officials just aren't listening. Will was moved by this to run for State Representative in the 39th District.
Over the past 6 years, he's worked to improve the community from the ground up. He spearheaded Logan Square United for Brentano, an organization that saved Brentano Math and Science Academy from closure through grassroots action. He also organized with CODE (Communities Organized for Democracy in Education) to fight for an elected school board in Chicago; in the November 2012 elections, Guzzardi worked with volunteers to get an elected school board referendum on the ballot in 40 precincts in our community. That advisory ballot measure passed with 87% approval in the area, after extensive organizing by Guzzardi and CODE.
Additionally, Guzzardi has dedicated himself to improving voter access in Chicago. As an advisory board member of Chicago Votes, a non-partisan voting rights organization, he helped lead the initiative to institute online voter registration in Illinois. After active lobbying and grassroots mobilization, Guzzardi and Chicago Votes got that initiative passed by the state legislature in the spring of 2013. It was signed into law by the Governor at the Logan Square Library, with Guzzardi and other Chicago Votes members present to celebrate the bill’s success. Registering to vote on the internet became a reality in Illinois starting in the summer of 2014.
Originally from Chapel Hill, North Carolina, Guzzardi attended Brown University, where he graduated with a degree in comparative literature, and has lived in Logan Square ever since. He is passionate about education, and has taught after school programs and tutored school children for 10 years.