Chicago Government Corruption Affecting Focus Of Mayoral Race

Craig Dellimore
January 30, 2019 - 7:13 am

Paul Vallas (WBBM Newsradio/Steve Miller)


CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Headlines about state and local government officials caught on FBI recordings is causing turbulence in Chicago’s Mayoral Race.

Some candidates, like Toni Preckwinkle, Susana Mendoza and Gery Chico repeatedly answer questions about their ties to Alderman Ed Burke, now charged with attempted extortion and/or Alderman Danny Solis, who resigned his Zoning Committee chairmanship after reports that he traded favors for some salacious services.

So, while other candidates like Paul Vallas, might want to discuss the budget or public safety, corruption questions dominate.

"The city is on the financial brink, but how much time are we actually spending looking at the candidates proposals on how we are going to address our pension issue or how we are going to structurally balance our budget, or how we are going to rebuild our police department," Vallas said.

Every candidate now has a well-practiced ethics plan. 

Mayoral hopeful Lori Lightfoot has long had a detailed ethics plan, as she reminds reporters. But she also has other issues, too, like neighborhood re-development, finance and public safety. 

But on a day when the headlines involved reported FBI filings regarding recordings of House Speaker Michael Madigan and some allegedly sexual dealings by Alderman Danny Solis, Lightfoot acknowledged corruption is grabbing all the attention. But, she said, you cannot address the "bread and butter" issues if you have a government that's corrupt.

By day’s end, Alderman Solis resigned his chairmanship of the City Council Zoning Committee. The announcement came from Mayor Emanuel's office.