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How an immigrant from Mexico became the first Latino mayor in a Republican town in Illinois

1 month ago   |   By WGN TV

ARCOLA, Ill. - Jesus Garza came from Mexico as a young man looking for a better life. From factory worker to auto mechanic Garza built a successful business in the city of Arcola - 170 miles south of Chicago. But then he tackled his biggest challenge of all: politics.
Garza defies conventional wisdom. The 52-year-old immigrant launched an improbable bid for mayor last year. Historically, many Mexican-Americans lean Democratic. But the city of Arcola, records show, is heavily Republican. So how did Garza pull it off?
A young Garza found work in carpentry work. He worked a 12-hour shift at...
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