Fran Spielman interviews Ray Lopez, Jason Ervin on ending Chicago City Council corruption

Ald. Ray Lopez (15th) contends Mayor Lori Lightfoot is making a mistake by focusing her reform efforts on ending aldermanic prerogative.

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Ald. Jason Ervin, left, and Ald. Ray Lopez were interviewed by Fran Spielman Friday, May 31, 2019. | Rich Hein/Sun-Times

Banning outside income and limiting campaign contributions — not ending aldermanic prerogative — is the way to stop the never-ending cycle of City Council corruption that continued Friday with the filing of bribery and racketeering charges against Ald. Edward Burke (14th).

That’s the bottom line from Ald. Ray Lopez (15th), a Burke ally and the most outspoken critic of Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s executive order stripping aldermen of their absolute power over licenses and permits in their wards.

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