Chicago Board of Ethics Executive Director Steve Berlin will lead an international organization devoted to ethics in government, while the Civic Federation honored Aviation Commissioner Jamie Rhee for her “inspirational” career. On the trail, a group dedicated to electing gay men and women to office endorsed Lori Lightfoot for mayor and five aldermanic candidates.
- Berlin to lead COGEL — Chicago Board of Ethics Executive Director Steve Berlin was elected president of the Council on Governmental Ethics Laws at the group’s annual meeting. Berlin will serve as president-elect until December 2019, and become president at the international group’s 2019 meeting, set to be held in Chicago. Berlin has been executive director of the Board of Ethics since 2008, and oversaw the overhaul of the city’s ethics laws in 2012. Ethics Board Chairman William Conlon said he was delighted by Berlin’s appointment. “Steve is a person dedicated to the service of the public; we are very fortunate to have him serving the citizens of Chicago.”
- Rhee honored — The Civic Federation, a nonpartisan budget watchdog group mostly funded by corporate interests, honored Aviation Commissioner Jamie Rhee with the 2018 Motorola Solutions Foundation Excellence in Public Service Award. Rhee replaced Ginger Evans as aviation commissioner earlier this year, after serving as the head of the city’s Department of Procurement Services. “Ms. Rhee’s 25-year career in public service is truly an inspiration,” the federation said in a statement.
- Trail notes — Mayoral candidate Lori Lightfoot trumpeted Thursday the endorsement of the Victory Fund, which is devoted to electing LGBTQ women and men to elected office. Lightfoot, who is the only openly gay candidate in the mayoral race, has a 10-year-old daughter with her wife, Amy Eshleman. “As someone who grew up in a small town and didn’t know any openly LGBTQ+ people, much less role models or elected officials, I know that representation matters,” Lightfoot said. “I hope that as the first LGBTQ+ mayor of Chicago I can expand opportunities for equity and inclusion — and for increased representation in government for decades to come. Victory Fund also endorsed 49th Ward candidate Maria Hadden, who is running to unseat Ald. Joe Moore, as well as 15th Ward Raymond Lopez, 33rd Ward Ald. Deb Mell, 44th Ward Ald. Tom Tunney and 46th Ward Ald. James Cappleman. In the treasurer’s race, Peter Gariepy won the backing of Northside Democracy for Action, his campaign announced in a statement.