With five weeks to go until election day, the Chicago mayoral race continues to heat up, with one of the frontrunners airing an ad for the first time and several others stepping up their criticism of Mayor Lori Lightfoot.
Rep. Jesús “Chuy” Garcia released the first public safety-focused TV ad on Tuesday as he seeks to stem the momentum of former Chicago Public Schools CEO Paul Ballas.
“It’s time to go back to Chicago where it’s safer with more cops on the streets,” he said in an ad.
Garcia also faced criticism from Lightfoot after former Illinois House Speaker Mike Madigan was named the congressman he wanted to “trust” in newly released documents related to the ComEd bribery scandal. facing. Garcia has not been charged with wrongdoing and has dismissed the criticism.
“Do I look like a worried man? Of course not,” he said.
Meanwhile, Lightfoot faces her own controversy over emails her campaign sent to CPS teachers looking for student volunteers. In an email that Lightfoot said was erroneous, the Chicago Ethics Board recommended that inspectors from both the city and her CPS investigate the situation.
“I will cooperate with any investigations out there,” said Lightfoot. “We said we’d do it. I’m sure any investigator would realize it was a mistake.”
Valas and other opponents of Lightfoot have called for an ethical investigation to continue in the case.
“Chicago chose her because she said she would bring the light,” said community activist Jamal Greene. “Because she said she was going to do something different than a regular politician. That’s why they chose her over Prekwinkle and Daly, and she’s just like them.” It turns out.
Cook County Commissioner Brandon Johnson, who is running for the race, defends a new plan he announced to address the city’s financial woes.
Johnson has promised not to raise property taxes, but plans to increase hotel taxes by up to 66% and impose a 3.5% income tax on those earning $100,000 or more in the city. was determined.
He also proposed pushing a “subway surcharge” in the Illinois legislature. This, he says, will generate $40 million from suburban communities that benefit from the rail system. He also proposed a payment of about $100 million from airlines to compensate for pollution in the city.
“Chicago business is Chicago education,” he said. “Without a workforce, a thriving businesshe cannot have a community.”
Mr Johnson characterized the proposal as a necessary dose of “truth” from city officials, while Mr Vallas was one of several candidates who criticized the tax increase.
“We have the highest hotel/motel taxes in the country. It’s an industry that’s barely recovering from COVID. It’s an industry that’s struggling,” he said.
Green also condemned the plan.
“There is no revenue issue,” he said. “We have a spending problem and that’s how we have to focus on our administration.”
With just five weeks to go before the election, voting will take place on February 28th. If no candidate receives 50% of the vote, a runoff between the top two vote-getters will be held on April 4.