Arcola mayor among five ‘trailblazers’ to be honored during state Hispanic Heritage Month celebration

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SPRINGFIELD — Arcola’s first Latino mayor will be among five “trailblazers” honored by the state Tuesday at a celebration in Springfield.

Mexico-born first-term Mayor Jesus Garza, also the first immigrant to lead the Douglas County city, was singled out for Tuesday’s Hispanic Heritage Month event by state Comptroller Susana Mendoza.

Others who will be saluted for their “achievements and contributions to the community” include Illinois State University police Chief Marisol Vargas Gamboa; Marta and Heber Vidal, owners of Peoria Heights’ Café Santa Rosa; Therese Suarez, a probation officer in Fairmount City; and Daniela Fuquene Vargas, a case manager at One Hope United of Springfield.

It’s just the latest honor for Garza, who last year was among the Carnegie Corporation of New York’s 2022 “Great Immigrants,” a diverse group of naturalized citizens that also included tennis legend Steffi Graf, Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Neil Young and Jill Ellis, the former U.S. national and Illini women’s soccer coach.

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