WBBM Newsradio/Craig Dellimore

Preckwinkle Pressed About Top Aide's Firing

September 20, 2018 - 8:41 pm

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) – Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle launched her bid to succeed Rahm Emanuel as Chicago mayor Thursday by having to answer questions about the sudden forced resignation of her chief-of-staff, John Keller.

Preckwinkle insisted that she acted swiftly in the past week. She said she learned for the first time of the alleged inappropriate behavior by Keller on Friday; interviewed the accuser and two witnesses Monday; and the next day demanded and received Keller's resignation.

She refused to be more specific about who was involved or what happened, saying that would victimize the woman a second time.

Preckwinkle said inappropriate behavior is something she won't tolerate.   

"I have zero tolerance toward harassment of any kind -- zero tolerance," she said.     

Keller had worked for Preckwinkle in a variety of jobs for most of the past 12 years, including the past 21 months as her chief-of-staff.