ICPR Supports Chicago's Asset Lease Taxpayer Protection Ordinance

This morning I was proud to stand up with our friends at Illinois PIRG in support of the Asset Lease Taxpayer Protection Ordinance. We were joined at the event by Ald. Joe Moore (49), Ald. Bob Fioretti (2), Ald. Joe Moreno (1), and Ald. Scott Waguespack (32), who all spoke on behalf of the 19 members of the Chicago City Council who have signed on in support of the proposal.

My comments at the press conference are below.

Statement of David Morrison, Deputy Director, Illinois Campaign for Political Reform
November 17, 2010

I am honored to be here with so many reformers, some of whom are in public office and some of whom are not, to show support for enhanced transparency in city contracting. Despite the efforts of so many good people, Chicago has a broad and deep history of tolerating the abuse by a few of public resources in order to secure private, personal gain for themselves.

Seeing this large and growing group, so close to a majority of the full City Council, give me encouragement. These people, standing here today and those who have signed on as sponsors of the proposal, get it. We understand that the public has a right to know that their interests come first.

And so just as the public has a right to freedom of information, just as the public has a right to open meetings, just as the public has a right to transparent campaign finance disclosures, just as the public has a right to know what economic interests may cloud officials' vision, these people standing here and the others who have signed on as sponsors understand that the public also has right to know public assets are being used for the best interests of the public.

This proposal is about good and proper stewardship of public funds. And I thank you all for coming and declaring your support.