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Ald. Burke's Preference For Next Mayor: Gery Chico

October 23, 2018 - 6:00 am

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- The Chicago City Council’s most powerful alderman is putting his weight behind Gery Chico in the crowded race to replace Rahm Emanuel as Chicago’s mayor.

Finance Committee Chairman Edward Burke was asked during an unrelated chat Monday with reporters whom he liked as the next Chicago Mayor, and he hesitated -- but only for a couple of seconds.

“I like Gery Chico. As you know, he and I go back a long way. He worked for me here in City Hall. And there’s probably nobody more qualified than he is,” Burke said.

With Emanuel declining to run for a third term, the number of mayoral contenders has ballooned.