Gutierrez no longer lives in his district
BY CHRIS FUSCO AND TIM NOVAK Staff Reporters
Come the November general election, U.S. Rep. Luis Gutierrez won't be able to vote for himself -- but he will be able to cast a ballot for U.S. Rep. Michael Quigley.
That's because Gutierrez no longer lives in the congressional district he has represented since 1993.
The U.S. Constitution doesn't require congressmen to live in the districts they represent. The only residency requirement is this: They have to live somewhere in the state from which they are elected.
It's not unusual for congressional candidates to live outside the district they want to represent. Typically, those who do promise to move to the district if elected. But it is unusual for a congressman to move out of his district.
Gutierrez and his wife, Soraida, moved out of his 4th Congressional District about two years ago, after buying a condo at 3963 W. Belmont -- in Quigley's congressional district. Gutierrez changed his voter registration to that address in August 2008, which means he couldn't vote for himself in November 2008 when he was re-elected to a ninth term.
He's still registered to vote from that Belmont address, though he and his wife sold that condo four months ago. They now live in a two-flat with their daughter and her family in the 5300 block of West Cullom, near Portage Park. That's also in Quigley's district.
When Gutierrez first moved out of his district, "the time coincides with when he thought he was not going to be running again, so he didn't think it was quite so critical,'' said Douglas Rivlin, the congressman's spokesman. "The second house, he really wanted to live with his daughter and grandson. His daughter chose it. His wife was enthusiastic about it."