At Issue: Mayoral Contender Gery Chico Says We're Being Taxed 'To Death'

Craig Dellimore
September 21, 2018 - 5:12 pm

Gery Chicago interviewed on "At Issue." / WBBM NEWSRADIO

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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Former Chicago School Board President Gery Chico is contrasting his own style and experience with the other two well-known candidates who joined the race for Chicago mayor this week.

Chico, a lawyer, was Mayor Richard M. Daley’s chief-of-staff before he was tapped to run the Board of Education. This week, Daley’s brother, William, a former U.S. Commerce secretary, announced his plans to run.

Says Chico: “You take everybody on their own merits. I think Bill Daley’s a fine person, but we’re going to have to see what the voters think about what he has to say.”

As for County Board President Toni Preckwinkle, who also moved forward with mayoral plans, Chico thinks she’s hampered by anger over the now-repealed soda tax she passed.

“Let’s stop taxing people to death,” he said.

Chicago said Chicago may need to hire more police officers and must have new police and fire training facilities. It also needs to upgrade many schools and bring development to struggling neighborhoods, he said.

Where would new revenue come from? The city should try to sell off its vacant, unused lands and reduce the kind of behaviors that cause multi-million dollar judgments or settlements, Chico said.

Chico is the guest on “At Issue,” which airs at 9:30 a.m. and 9:30 p.m. Sunday.