Activists calling for Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel to resign are promising to put more pressure on his political donors and allies, including the state's richest man.
Standing outside the Chicago offices of Citadel, the investment firm run by billionaire Ken Griffin, former Democratic candidate for governor and Violence Interrupters president Tio Hardiman said supporting Emanuel is like "supporting black death by the hands of Chicago police officers."
Griffin donated more than $1 million to groups supporting Emanuel's re-election bid, and Hardiman believes Griffin should stop backing Emanuel or other politicians who have said he shouldn't resign.
"We're going after his financial brokers," Hardiman said. "We plan to protest and demonstrate against Gov. Bruce Rauner, House Speaker (Michael) Madigan, because we all know it's part of the broken system. So this is deeper than the mayor, but the mayor's going to catch the brunt of it because he was the one that concealed his homicide."
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Hardiman went on to say Emanuel should be indicted for supposedly covering up the McDonald shooting to help his chances for re-election. When asked what evidence there was of a politically motivated cover-up, Hardiman said "It's going to come out sooner or later."
Hardiman said he'd like to schedule a meeting with Griffin, but he and other activists were denied access to his office building.
Griffin is a prolific political donor in the state, having also given more than $13.5 million to Rauner's campaign. His most recent contributions were to campaign funds for State Reps. Scott Drury (D-Highwood) and Mark Batinick (R-Plainfield), along with House Minority Leader Jim Durkin (R-Western Springs).