The York Township Democratic
Organization will hold its annual St. Patrick's Day fundraising dinner on
Sunday, March 5, starting at 5 PM.
This year's guest speakers will include Will Guzzardi, State Representative for the 39th District which
includes the Chicago neighborhoods of Logan Square, Belmont Cragin,
Portage Park, and parts of Avondale and Hermosa. Guzzardi moved to Chicago
after graduating from Brown University, where he studied comparative
literature. Upon arriving in the city, he began working as a local
journalist for Huffington Post Chicago. There, he reported on Chicago
politics, the foreclosure crisis, and the impact of state budget issues on
community social service providers, among many other subjects.
In the 2012 Democratic primary, at age 24, Guzzardi challenged an incumbent
state representative with deep ties to the Chicago political machine. He
built a grassroots progressive campaign and argued that Democrats needed to
stand up for working families instead of entrenched political interests.
Guzzardi garnered 49.3% of the vote in that election, a result so close
that a recount was conducted. He ran again in 2014 against the same
incumbent, and won by a margin of 61-39. He was re-elected to his second
term in 2016, and continues to fight in Springfield for quality public
education, good jobs, and an economy that works for everyone and not just
the wealthy and connected..
The event takes place at Allegra Banquets at 237 W. St. Charles Rd. in
Villa Park. Reception at 5:00 PM, program to begin at 6:00.
Ticket prices are listed below. As before there are several levels of support.
below. Those contributing at the higher levels will be recognized at the event, and in the program book
if payment is received by print time.
This year, we are again offering a discount of $10 per person ($20 per couple or $100 per table) to those at the standard level who pay in advance. You may use ActBlue to pay by credit card, or write a check payable to YTDO and send it to:
P. O. Box 1233
Lombard, IL 60148-1233
Advertising space in the
dinner program book is available here.