Date(s) - 10/29/18
11:30 am - 1:30 pm
City Club of Chicago
Candidate for Mayor of Chicago
Monday, Oct 29, 2018
11:30 a.m. reception/12:00 p.m.
Gery Chico was born and raised in Chicago. A product of the city’s neighborhoods, Chico has lived in McKinley Park, Rogers Park, Edgebrook, Budlong Woods, the Near Westside and University Village.
Chico’s experience and proven track record as a public servant make him battle-tested and ready to serve on his first day as Mayor of Chicago.
Over the course of his career, Chico has answered the city’s call time and again.
Serving as former Mayor Richard M. Daley’s chief of staff from 1992-1995, Chico managed the day-to-day operations of Chicago’s city government, oversaw balanced budgets and the hiring of 1,000 new police officers, and instituted neighborhood improvement projects throughout the city.
Chico was appointed as Board President of Chicago Public Schools in 1995. There, he led an effort that improved student performance for six consecutive years. Chico also turned a projected deficit of $1.3 billion into a $345 million surplus, invested money to build 65 new school facilities and renovate 375 existing school structures.
Chico also served as President of the Chicago Park District when the district built new neighborhood playgrounds and acquired hundreds of acres of green space throughout the city, while balancing each year’s budget and developing new programs and capital improvements, including laying the groundwork for two new harbors and a major new park along the lake.
Serving as Chairman of the City Colleges of Chicago, Chico and the Chancellor led an initiative to infuse the workforce with highly trained CCC graduates that helped attract job-producing businesses to Chicago. In assuring that the CCC’s 2010 budget was balanced, $3 million dollars in property taxes were given back to taxpayers and the budget was reworked to allow for technology and capital projects expansion.
Chico is of Mexican, Greek and Lithuanian descent. While he has always taken great pride in his heritage, Chico is equally proud of the reputation he has built for being an inclusive leader who places a premium on diversity in all of its forms. This approach has been one of the great keys to his success.
Chico, his wife Sunny, and their five children all attended Chicago Public Schools.