Candidate Margaret Croke Raises Conflict of Interest Facing Appointed
Representative Pizer at District Forum

Chicago – At last night’s Gold Coast Neighbors Association Candidate Forum, 12ᵗʰ District State Representative candidate Margaret Croke called out appointed Representative Yoni Pizer for conflicts of interest that threaten his ability to cast critical votes that impact residents and homeowners of the district.

During a time when ethical questions regarding outside employment of legislators are being debated, Pizer has refused to step back from his job as a luxury real estate developer while serving as a legislator. This poses a significant conflict of interest given that he will face critical votes impacting homeowners that he represents.

The direct conflicts facing Pizer include votes on both property taxes and a real estate transaction fee that Mayor Lightfoot will be pushing during the Spring 2020 legislative session.

“Unless he is going to recuse himself that’s a huge problem,” said Croke.

Croke stated her commitment to avoid conflicts of interest and raising the bar on ethics reform by announcing she will not hold outside employment if elected to serve the 12ᵗʰ District stating, “I can promise you that I will be a full time legislator.”

She was also recently endorsed by The Chicago Tribune, which called out Pizer for “ginning up new kinds of sales taxes to create revenue. Cut taxes here, raise them there. Not the right tack.” In their endorsement of Croke, they noted that she, “correctly points out that Illinois will continue to bleed population as long as it cannot convince the next generation to attend college in state, and then stay in Illinois after graduation.”

Croke’s most recent high-profile endorsements include: Governor JB Pritzker; Congresswoman Cheri Bustos; former Illinois House Majority Leader Barbara Flynn Currie; Alderman Brendan Reilly; and Cook County Comm. Scott Britton.

For a full list of endorsements and to learn more about Margaret visit

Margaret Croke is a progressive activist who will work to keep our economy humming. She got her start as an organizer for the Hillary Clinton campaign, standing up against campus sexual assault and supporting women running for office. Now, as a leader at the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, Margaret works closely with Governor Pritzker and his staff to help small businesses thrive and to create new jobs. In Springfield she will fight for women, the LGBTQ community and everyone in our diverse community who share our progressive values.

Margaret lives in Old Town with her husband, Patrick, son PJ, and her two rescue dogs Winston and Charlie.