Chicago City Clerk Anna Valencia allegations need to be investigated, former IG says

Chicago City Clerk Anna Valencia allegations need to be investigated, former IG says

CHICAGO (TOC) — Chicago’s former Inspector Normal Joe Ferguson stated that allegations swirling round metropolis clerk Anna Valencia and her husband’s enterprise dealings have to be investigated.

Earlier this week, a member of town council requested the brand new inspector normal to launch a probe.

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“It raises questions and raises questions that warrant analysis and inquiry,” Ferguson stated.

Former Chicago Inspector Normal Joe Ferguson weighed in on the cloud hanging over Metropolis Clerk Anna Valencia for emails suggesting she might have tried to open doorways for enterprise alternatives in New Orleans and elsewhere for Ignite Cities, a consulting agency the place her husband, Reyahd Kazmi, is a managing director.

“On this city, the place there’s smoke, persons are fast to say there’s hearth,” Ferguson stated. “Proper now, we have now an look challenge. That is not essentially smoke, and it is actually not essentially hearth.”

Valencia has denied any wrongdoing, regardless of questions raised by quite a few emails, and now a subpoena from the New Orleans Metropolis Council to the mayor there in search of “all paperwork and communications with George Burciaga, Anna Valencia, and Reyahd Kazmi.”

“I’ve nothing to do with any of my husband’s enterprise dealings in any respect,” Valencia stated Wednesday.

Valencia is operating for Secretary of State and has been endorsed by Jesse White, who’s retiring.

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“So she’s in a troublesome area and in a political area, you understand, the best inoculation can be to publicly say, ‘I’ve reached out to the IG and I’ve requested for a possibility to sit down down and speak with them,'” Ferguson stated. “However there is not ample data and there won’t be ample data developed within the time earlier than the election for folks to attract laborious conclusions somehow.”

Ferguson stated Chicago is approach behind the very best practices of locations like California, the place public officers need to disclose the entire enterprise relationships of their spouses.

“The chance that we’d be on this actual scenario can be vastly diminished if we had full disclosure legal guidelines,” Ferguson stated.

Whereas Ferguson stated it is comprehensible Valencia’s scenario can be politicized on this election season, he stated the details in the meanwhile aren’t conclusive of any wrongdoing.

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