Members of the Ricketts family that owns the Cubs are getting deeper into the Chicago mayoral race, and they aren’t backing the same candidates.
Two days after team CEO Tom Ricketts contributed $25,000 to former U.S. Commerce Secretary Bill Daley’s campaign for mayor, the campaign of state Comptroller Susana Mendoza announced his sister, Cubs co-owner Laura Ricketts, is endorsing her mayoral run.
In a statement released by the Mendoza campaign, Laura Ricketts cited Mendoza’s plan to fight City Council corruption as key to her support.
“Susana Mendoza has outlined an outstanding plan to fight corruption and raise the standard of ethics and accountability in city government,” Ricketts said in the release. “She has consulted with corruption-fighting lawyer and former U.S. Attorney Dan Webb to create a proposal for an Anti-Corruption, Accountability and Ethics Commission that she will create on her first day as mayor. I strongly support her proposals to end the arbitrary and capricious Chicago aldermanic prerogative and expand and strengthen the Inspector General’s oversight of the city council.”
Laura Ricketts also announced her support for Mendoza on social media Thursday morning.
The Rickettses also have dipped into aldermanic races this year. They have contributed to a community organization that has put out mailers against Wrigleyville Ald. Tom Tunney, 44th, and team officials have contributed to one of Tunney’s opponents.
Cubs officials also have contributed money to the campaign of Heather Way Kitzes, who works for the team as manager for government and neighborhood relations and is running for the open City Council seat in the 47th Ward just northwest of Wrigleyville.
Laura Ricketts gave $12,500 each to Mendoza’s and Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle’s mayoral campaigns late last year. She gave $2,500 earlier this year to former federal prosecutor Lori Lightfoot’s campaign, records show.
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