Chicago Drafting Anti-Saudi Ordinance

Craig Dellimore
October 22, 2018 - 4:02 pm

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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Several key Chicago aldermen are calling for the city of Chicago to penalize Saudi Arabia.

Finance Committee Chairman Ed Burke said Monday he and several aldermen are working on a proposed ordinance that would cut city ties with any companies that do business with Saudi Arabia.

This is in response to the presumed Oct. 2 murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi inside the Saudi government’s consulate in Istanbul. The Saudi government for weeks denied the Turkish government’s allegations but has since backpedaled, saying dissident Khashoggi died during a “fistfight” with rogue agents.

Burke hopes the Chicago aldermen are not alone.

“Perhaps there are other units of government around the nation that might join with Chicago as a way of expressing our repugnance,” Burke said.

He said he hopes the measure would discourage companies from doing business with “thugs.”