Many leaders of the growing Latino community here are eager to follow the trail of dynastic politics and nepotism blazed by the Irish and Chicago’s other, more established races and ethnicities.
The most prominent example is Joe “JFK” Berrios, the Cook County assessor and county Democratic Party chairman. Berrios likes to compare his clan to the Kennedys and cites the vast Irish-American precedent to explain how almost all his blood relatives are either public employees or pensioners.
The ambitions of Los Berrios face a severe test in the March 18 Democratic primary, when one of the patriarch’s daughters will hope to repel a challenger who nearly took her Illinois House seat in the last election.
While state Rep. Toni Berrios again fights to keep her place in Springfield safe from Will Guzzardi, another Northwest Side political family with Puerto Rican roots is hoping to branch out in next month’s election.
Luis Arroyo Jr., a son of state Rep. Luis Arroyo (D-Chicago), is making his first bid for office. He’s challenging incumbent Cook County Commissioner Eddie Reyes in a district that stretches
from Humboldt Park almost to The Brickyard mall.