People First Pledge

On Tuesday, January 8, 2019 Lori was proud to stand with fifteen aldermanic challengers to announce the People First Pledge, a series of ethics reforms to build the most transparent and accountable city hall Chicago has ever seen.

Lori drafted the pledge in response to the corruption and abuse of power that has plagued Chicago City Hall for decades. Lori has been speaking out consistently on the need for ethics reform, and by drafting and signing this pledge, is rejecting a broken political system that serves only itself. This is a machine that ignores and undermines people who look like us, who come from families like ours, and who deserve representation and opportunity just like anyone else.

Lori invites anyone running for office in the City of Chicago to sign the pledge and make a commitment to usher in a new era of governance in Chicago. One that puts the voters first and actively opposes corruption and unethical conduct by elected officials.

On Tuesday, February 26th, we have an opportunity to elect a new City government that serves the people, not the special interests and machine politicians of the past. That’s why Lori is making this pledge. It’s not an endorsement. It’s not about any individual candidate, neighborhood, or government position. Instead, we’re here today to announce a shared commitment to building the most transparent and accountable City Hall Chicago has ever seen.

The People First Pledge reads:

As a candidate for office in Chicago, I pledge to:

  • Run for only one elected office at a time;
  • Ban elected officials, other City employees, and their immediate family members from holding outside jobs that conflict with their city responsibilities; and fix Rule 14 to ensure that if conflicts of interest do arise, aldermen immediately disclose them, and on the record; and recuse themselves from any City Council proceedings related to the conflict;
  • Implement term limits for the mayor (two terms) and for chairmanships in City Council (two terms);
  • Create a non-partisan City Council ward map redistricting process that is open, transparent, and respects ward boundaries as community boundaries;
  • Improve transparency and opportunities for public engagement, such as running the workers’ compensation program in public view and holding multiple budget town hall meetings each fall;
  • Limit aldermanic prerogative to ensure that aldermen do not have unilateral veto power over important affordable housing developments and other far-reaching decisions in their wards;
  • Comply with FOIA and end FOIA abuse to ensure public access to information and prevent financial consequences of noncompliance;
  • Build a unified Office of Inspector General to oversee City departments, City Council and its committees, sister agencies, and City contractors, and allow the Inspector General to investigate alleged ethics violations, including through the use of subpoenas.

Signed by (as of Jan. 8, 2019):

Lori Lightfoot, Candidate for Mayor of Chicago

Alexandria Willis, Aldermanic Candidate for the 3rd Ward

Ebony Lucas, Aldermanic Candidate for the 4th Ward

Jedidiah Brown, Aldermanic Candidate for the 7th Ward

Jaime Guzman, Aldermanic Candidate for the 14th Ward

Rafael Yañez, Aldermanic Candidate for the 15th Ward

Andre Smith, Aldermanic Candidate for the 20th Ward

Cynthia Bednarz, Aldermanic Candidate for the 27th Ward

Katie Sieracki, Aldermanic Candidate for the 33rd Ward

Amanda Yu Dietrich, Aldermanic Candidate for the 35th Ward

Dianne Delaiden, Aldermanic Candidate for the 40th Ward

Maggie O’Keefe, Aldermanic Candidate for the 40th Ward

Leslie Fox, Aldermanic Candidate for the 43rd Ward

Marianne Lalonde, Aldermanic Candidate for the 43rd Ward

Jacob Ringer, Aldermanic Candidate for the 43rd Ward

Elizabeth Shydlowski, Aldermanic Candidate for the 43rd Ward

Austin Baidas, Aldermanic Candidate for the 44th Ward

Jeff Jenkins, Aldermanic Candidate for the 47th Ward

Heather Way Kitzes, Aldermanic Candidate for the 47th Ward

Angie Maloney, Aldermanic Candidate for the 47th Ward

Matt Martin, Aldermanic Candidate for the 47th Ward

Andrew Rowlas, Aldermanic Candidate for the 50th Ward


A copy of our report filed with the State Board of Elections is (or will be) available on the Board’s official website (www.elections.il.gov) or for purchase from the State Board of Elections, Springfield, Illinois