CHICAGO, IL – EXTRA Bilingual Community Newspaper is celebrating 30 years as a community publication with an anniversary party tonight.

The event will include music, community awards and recognition presentation and a raffle with proceeds benefiting Mujeres Latinas en Accion, a nonprofit that provides domestic violence counseling.

Theresa Gutierrez, ABC 7 reporter, will be the Master of Ceremonies. Confirmed attendees include 25th Ward Alderman Danny Solis, 26th Ward Alderman Roberto Maldonado and Cook County Board of Review Commissioner Joseph Berrios. Mayor Richard M. Daley has been invited and is anticipated to attend.

Publisher Mila Tellez and former Executive Editor Mary Montgomery founded EXTRA in 1980 to advocate on the needs of the community. It was the first bilingual newspaper in the U.S. and one of the first Hispanic publications in Chicago. EXTRA is one of the publications that founded the National Association of Hispanic Publications (NAHP).

This historical milestone event will play host to many of Chicago’s Hispanic pioneers that have played important roles in Chicago’s emerging Latino market.

EXTRA Bilingual Community Newspaper,, is an award-winning community newspaper. With a current circulation of over 71,000, the newspaper is published weekly and free to the public. The family owned newspaper was founded in 1980 and was one of the first bilingual (Spanish and English) newspapers in America.

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