CHICAGO – In light of recent allegations against Chicago Alderman Jim Gardiner, State Senator Cristina Pacione-Zayas offered the following statement:

"Harassment, bullying, and withholding public services and resources are completely unacceptable behavior of anyone, especially individuals who carry the title of public servant and who are entrusted to represent the public good. The mounting evidence illustrating misogynistic and homophobic aggressions performed by Alderman James Gardiner are nothing short of egregious and have no place in public office. I stand in solidarity with those who have been harmed. 

"I support proceeding with a thorough investigation by the Inspector General and the Chicago Board of Ethics, and his stepping down to create space for a more inclusive and responsible government."


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