Rep. Gutierrez endorses Chico for Chicago mayor
By Lewis Lazare Staff reporter January 9, 2011 1:21PM
Congressman Luis Gutierrez endorses mayoral candidate Gery Chico Jan. 9, 2011, at the National Museum of Mexican Art. | Jean Lachat~Sun-Times Media
Updated: April 24, 2011 4:46AM
Congressman Luis Gutierrez called Gery Chico “a neighborhood guy with neighborhood values” as he threw his support behind the mayoral hopeful at a press conference Sunday at the National Museum of Mexican Art in the Pilsen neighborhood.
More than once Gutierrez invoked the late Chicago Mayor Harold Washington in explaining why he opted to endorse Chico. “I worked hard to elect Harold Washington, and I see the same qualities in Gery” said Gutierrez.
The Congressman said Chico, a former Chicago Public Schools president, is the best-qualified candidate to make changes in the local school system. “Gery understands the school system and that makes all the difference,” said Gutierrez.
“It has been said by some by some that Chicago is not ready for a Latino mayor, but I say it’s way too late,” Gutierrez said.
Chico spoke briefly after Gutierrez, saying he would combat crime in Chicago by adding 2,000 police officers, make the education system better, offer kids more after-school options and create more jobs. Mayoral candidate Rahm Emanuel earlier told the Sun-Times he would boost the police force by 1,000 officers — part of a plan he outlined at an event Sunday.