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De Jesus Out, Backs Chico in Mayor's Race




    Wilfredo De Jesus on Friday dropped out of the race to be Chicago's mayor and threw his support to Gery Chico.

    "The city that works is not working," said De Jesus at his Humboldt Park New Life Covenant Church. "The time is now for Chicago, after analyzing the landscape, I remain committed. I wholeheartedly support Gery Chico," he said.

    Chico said it was a "privilege" to have De Jesus' support, adding that the city "must leverage our partnerships."

    Reminds the Chicago Tribune:

      Last year, De Jesus made a bid to be appointed to replace Ald. Billy Ocasio as 26th Ward alderman. But De Jesus ran into opposition from gay activists who accused the minister of homophobia. In 2008, De Jesus told Christianity Today that his priorities were opposing abortion and homosexuality.  Mayor Richard Daley eventually appointed someone else.

    On another topic, Chico spoke out against the talk in Springfield of hiking the income tax.  

    "That's not the way Illinoisans can compete to bring companies in here," he said.