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Anthony Vacco's ran a campaign to become Senator of Illinois in 1978. Vacco served as Mayor of Evergreen Park, a suburb of Chicago, for twenty years prior to running for the Senate. Before becoming Mayor, he served as Zoning Board Chairman and Village Trustee in the southwest suburb. In addition to being Mayor, Vacco was the President of the Illinois Municipal League. Vacco's entire campaign was in response to redistricting, which took nearly all representation away from Evergreen Park. While Vacco would eventually lose the race, his fight to have laws equally applied in Chicago and the rest of the state would continue. Mayor Vacco passed away in 2002 at age 77, after 32 years of service.