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Democrats say Illinois Rep. Luis Gutierrez won't seek re-election

Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-Ill.), an immigration reform activist who has held his seat since 1993, will not seek re-election, three Democratic sources with knowledge of his decision told Politico Monday.

The 63-year-old filed nominating petitions on Monday, but is expected to announce on Tuesday afternoon he is withdrawing them and endorsing Cook County Commissioner Jesus "Chuy" Garcia, Politico reports. Gutierrez and Garcia began discussing an endorsement Friday, the Democrats told Politico, after polling in the district showed Garcia ahead of other possible candidates. Douglas Rivlin, a spokesman for Gutierrez, said he couldn't comment on the story.