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Latinos now make up nearly 30% of Chicago’s population, but Latinos have been underrepresented in the city’s government. Illinois’ first Mexican American representative, Rep. Jesús “Chuy” Garcia, has been working to change that. “We knew we were here. We knew there were many of us, but no one could see us. We were fighting invisibility,” Garcia says. “In the next decade, I predict there will be a Latina or Latino mayor and there will be a Latinx governor.”