Jerry Joyce is a first-time candidate, but his pedigree is impressive. His father, former 19th Ward alderman and state Sen. Jeremiah Joyce, was a key architect of Mayor Richard M Daley’s political strategy and a longtime Daley ally. A Southwest Side attorney who works and lives in the political crucible of Beverly, Joyce is basing his campaign around the need to improve public safety.
Personal: Married to Jannine Joyce with four children
Current job: Attorney
Education: Bachelor’s degree, Yale University; Juris Doctor, Loyola University Chicago
Government experience: Assistant state’s attorney on the executive staff for Cook County state’s attorney.
Political experience: This is Joyce’s first run for public office.
Three top policy proposals: 1) To improve community policing, wants to create teams of sergeants and patrol officers who would remain on the same beat for 30 months; 2) Wants to look at building a long-discussed south suburban airport; 3) Says Chicago should be at the forefront of legalized sports betting.
Three key positions: 1) To deal with pension crisis, wants to earmark any money city gets from legalized marijuana for filling that funding hole. 2) Wants to review city’s TIF program to make sure needy communities are getting the money for development and taxing bodies aren’t getting bled to help wealthy developers; 3) To fix lead water pipes, wants a long-term public health plan relying on state and federal money, starting with putting filters in drinking fountains in schools, parks and community centers.
Campaign slogan: ”Jerry Joyce for Mayor”
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