Chicago politics as usual isn't working for Chicagoans. We need a more transparent, accountable city government.
In Chicago, in the past few weeks, what we've known for years has become even more clear. Our city government badly needs reform.
In order to address our communities' concerns, we need bold, independent leaders who will reform city government and bring greater transparency and accountability to City Hall. As a civil rights attorney, I helped author the consent decree at the Illinois Attorney General's Office to hold the city accountable to a sustainable plan for reform following the murder of Laquan McDonald. As Alderman, I will build coalitions to take on big challenges, and bring greater transparency and accountability to City Hall.
WHAT CAN WE DO:
- Help eliminate conflicts of interest, like Alderman Burke's property tax law firm, by banning secondary employment.
- Reform campaign financing and publicly finance elections to create fairer more competitive elections and reduce the pernicious influenece of machine politicians, corporations, developers, and other special interests.
- Empower the Inspector General and enable them to audit and investigate City Council.
- Institute term limits for Committee Chairs to ensure no one Alderman is too powerful and create more transparency and accountability in programs like the Finance Committee's workers compensation program that Alderman Burke oversaw.
- Lower burdensome nominating petition requirements for citywide offices, which have been used to keep challengers without connections or money from running for office. Currently, citywide candidates must collect more petition signatures than candidates for governor.
- Hold municipal elections in the spring, rather than the winter, to decrease barriers to voter turnout.