Mayoral Race: Chico Says He Pushed Ethics Reforms Well Before Lightfoot

Craig Dellimore
January 08, 2019 - 7:21 pm
Chicago City Hall

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) – Mayoral hopefuls Lori Lightfoot and Gery Chico are trading verbal punches over  ethics reform proposals and ties to embattled Ald. Edward Burke.

Lightfoot surrounded herself with aldermanic candidates who’ve joined in her ethics reform pledge that includes term limits, banning some outside employment and limiting “Aldermanic Prerogative,” which gives aldermen veto power over projects in their wards. 

Lightfoot also blasted some opponents who supported and were supported by Burke, now facing federal corruption charges. She said these candidates, such as Toni Preckwinkle, Bill Daley and Chico, suddenly act interested in ethics reforms.

Chico fired back, saying he outlined similar ethics reforms when he ran for mayor in 2011. He said maybe Lightfoot is a "Johnny Come Lately,” but he’s not.

Chico said he also doesn’t deny his past ties with Burke. Last year, Burke said Chico would be the best candidate for Mayor.