Rivals Criticize Chico Over City Worker Residency

CHICAGO (CBS/WBBM) — Chicago mayoral candidate Gery Chico is being criticized by his rivals for suggesting the city could do without residency requirements for municipal employees.

As WBBM Newsradio 780 Political Editor Craig Dellimore reports, Chico says he would consider lifting requirements that city employees such as police officers, firefighters and teachers live within the Chicago city limits.

LISTEN: Newsradio 780 Political Editor Craig Dellimore reports

“I think we’re a different city than we were 30, 40, 50 years ago when this rule came on the books,” Chico said.

But rival Carol Moseley Braun says getting rid of residency rules would threaten the city’s middle class.

Standing with Braun, the Rev. Jesse Jackson argued that if “you crack the door open” to eliminating the residency rule, Chicago would lose its middle class and its tax base.

Fellow candidate Miguel Del Valle agrees.

“I understand why he’s saying this. He’s obviously pandering to the unions,” Del Valle said. “When I got those questionnaires from the union, I didn’t say that I would be in favor of that. I will not pander to get an endorsement.”

Chico was endorsed by the Chicago Fire Fighters Union Local 2 on Tuesday. He has also been endorsed by the Fraternal Order of Police.

  • kevinw

    Chico’s statement opens up the door to negotiating City Worker benefits/incentives for living in the city. These may include Tuition Reimbursement, Home Purchase Assistance Program, Changes to Pension Plan, and the Deferred Compensation Plan. You decide to live in the surrounding suburbs, you forfeit a portion of these benefits. What is wrong with that? In my opinion, only a small portion would move out vs. stay and take advantage of the full benefits. There will always be cheaters who have fake addresses but we have that now anyways.

  • Mike

    If the city worker’s leave, who will pay the taxes tha support Jesse and Carol’s minority set aside contracts with the city? Not the people voting for Jesse and Carol. Also, i thought Jesse was gonna stay out of politics and concentrate on his family after he fathered a baby with someone other than his wife? And didn’t he use tax exempt money to support his baby’s momma? Isn’t that against the law? Didn’t his son use taxpayer’s money to fly his ho’s around the country? Isn’t that against the law? Or is it just agianst the law for some of us?

    • Mike

      Sorry about the spelling, I should have double checked my writing before submitting…

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  • resident

    Pandering for votes.

    Chicago is not a different city than it was 50 years ago. Every successful city needs all the revenue it can get.

    If not, we will get a bill each month for our garbage pick up, etc., etc., etc.

    You’ll see.

  • DulceO

    I like how Gery Chico is always developing new and innovative ideas to come to an agreement where everyone is happy. The residents of the city of Chicago need an individual that will move the city forward and not run it as if it was 30, 40, 50 years ago. Succesful companies evolve or they go baknrupt, therefore, the mere thought that Gery Chico is doing this to garner more votes, in my opinion is a very ignorant statement!

  • Maggie

    Agree with Dulce and Mike about the reasoning. This is starting to make sense. Gery Chico is the real deal.

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