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Subject: Healthwatch: Ex- US Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D, Ill)

Hospitalized for 'extremely high blood pressure'
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Date Posted: Saturday, February 09, 01:19:46pm

Former U.S. Rep. Luis Gutierrez was hospitalized this week for “extremely high blood pressure and hypertension,” spouse Soraida Gutierrez said in an emailed statement.
“He is under the excellent medical care of doctors who are monitoring the situation closely,” she wrote.

He was admitted to a Chicago hospital on Wednesday night. On Friday, a spokesperson said there were no updates.
Gutierrez, 65, a Humboldt Park resident who represented the 4th District, just left office last month, having served almost 26 years in office. When he was elected in 1992, he became Illinois’ first Hispanic congressman. He decided against running again in the 2018 election, endorsing Jesus “Chuy” Garcia who handily won.

Gutierrez, a former alderman who was part of the late Mayor Harold Washington’s Rainbow Coalition, made his mark as an immigration reform advocate with a high national profile on the issue. Born in Chicago and of Puerto Rican decent, he was a vocal critical of the Trump administration’s response to the heavy damage inflicted there by Hurricane Maria in 2017. The congressman visited the island to deliver food and supplies from Chicagoans.

Gutierrez was among a half-dozen Democrats who introduced articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump in November 2017.


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