The son of an old-school Chicago political power broker filed campaign finance paperwork Wednesday setting up a run against Mayor Rahm Emanuel, potentially increasing the field of mayoral challengers to a dozen.
Jerry Joyce Jr., a son of former 19th Ward alderman and state Sen. Jeremiah Joyce, filed paperwork with the Illinois State Board of Elections establishing a political committee for the mayor’s race. The move allows Joyce to begin collecting campaign donations for a possible mayoral run.
Joyce did not return messages left over two days seeking comment.
Joyce practices law in the West Beverly neighborhood on the Far South Side and is a former assistant state’s attorney. His father was close with former Mayor Richard M. Daley and helped elect former Cook County State’s Attorney Richard Devine.
One of Emanuel’s earliest acts as mayor of Chicago was to cross the Joyce family while dealing with his first major contract issue. With Emanuel’s blessing, the City Council gave a 25-year deal to a concession operator at O’Hare International Airport’s international terminal that replaced a clout-heavy contractor tied to the elder Joyce and Devine.
Chicago Aviation Partners held the contract since 1993 and the elder Joyce was one of its shareholders. The contract had long been perceived as untouchable due to Joyce’s tight relationship with Daley, but the firm lost its deal to another company whose lobbying team included Tim Dart, Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart’s brother, and Demetrius Carney, then-president of the Chicago Police Board.
The influence Joyce Sr. once had over Chicago politics was summarized by a 1996 Tribune story headlined: “Like God, You Know He’s There.”
One of Joyce’s brothers, Kevin, also went into politics and became a state representative. Another brother, Mike, who also goes by “Pickle” and is married to Muhammad Ali’s daughter Jamillah Ali, was a prominent supporter of Jesus “Chuy” Garcia during the 2015 mayor’s race.
The mayoral challenger field already includes former Police Board president and onetime federal prosecutor Lori Lightfoot, former Chicago Public Schools CEO Paul Vallas, former Chicago police Superintendent Garry McCarthy, millionaire businessman Willie Wilson, activist Ja’Mal Green, Cook County Circuit Court Clerk Dorothy Brown, Chicago principals association President Troy LaRaviere, tech entrepreneur Neal Sales-Griffin, attorney John Kozlar, pharmaceutical technician and DePaul student Matthew Roney and policy consultant Amara Enyia.
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August 29, 2018 at 05:36PM