Chicago mayoral candidate Lori Lightfoot released the following statement in response to news that Ed Burke Jr. was under investigation for misconduct allegations when Toni Preckwinkle’s administration hired him.

“From insider hiring despite obvious red flags to shifting timelines about her chief of staff’s sexual harassment to extorted funds from Ed Burke, Toni Preckwinkle and her scandal-ridden campaign are emblematic of a larger broken system,” said Lightfoot. “For too long, machine politicians have protected their own at our expense. While these stories will keep evolving, we’ve seen enough to know that it’s time for a change. I am the only mayoral candidate who will leave corrupt deals and closed-door decisions behind us and build a City Hall that puts people first.”