Carol Moseley Braun's Statement on Gery Chico’s Proposal for Ending the Workers' Residency Requirement
January 25, 2011 -‐ -- Mayoral candidate Carol Moseley Braun issued the following statement in response to Gery Chico's call for reversing the current residency requirement for municipal employees:
“Mr. Chico’s support for lifting the city’s residency requirement poses a direct threat to our city’s middle class. Our neighborhoods are maintained through a strong and reliable tax-base and lifting the residency requirement endangers this important resource.
"Rather than supporting dangerous and capricious proposals, Mr. Chico would be better advised to focus on how to strengthen Chicago’s middle-class, not sacrificing its future for political gain. Giving the green-light for such a proposal means a mass exodus of city employees and the rich diversity they contribute to the city. This proposal demonstrates a level of irresponsibility by Mr. Chico that we cannot afford in City Hall.
"We will to fight to strengthen Chicago’s neighborhoods by increasing public safety, improving our public school system, bringing jobs to our communities, and making City Hall work for all Chicagoans."