Appointed State Rep. “Yoni” Pizer Defends Second Job as Luxury Developer Calling It a “Beautiful Concept”

Pizer doubles down on holding job outside of State Rep. despite conflicts of interest during
appearance on FOX 32, airing tonight at 9:30 pm

Chicago​ – Illinois’ 12th District appointed State Rep. Yoni Pizer doubled down on his position to hold outside
employment as a luxury real estate developer, refusing to support calls by opponent Margaret Croke who
want to make state legislative positions full-time jobs to eliminate conflicts of interest that have dogged
members of the general assembly for years.

Comments by Croke and Pizer were made during a joint appearance on Fox 32 News’s weekly political show
“Flannery Fired Up”, which airs tonight at 9:30 pm.

After being challenged by Croke, who said she is committed to being a full-time state representative in order
to avoid any conflicts of interest and avoiding important, tough votes that need to be made on the part of the
district, Pizer went on to defend the status quo saying it was a “beautiful concept” that designers of the
constitution made in allowing for outside employment. The unintended consequences of allowing outside
employment have led legislators to recuse themselves from taking important votes on legislation that create a
conflict of interest due to their outside employment. Click ​here​ to watch comments.

In the interview, Pizer also claimed “tax reform” as a priority but did not acknowledge how his personal
conflict of interest may prohibit his participation on this critical issue, failing to mention how he has to choose
between his luxury real estate company benefiting from the reduction or recusing himself from tax votes.

Croke has repeatedly campaigned on only serving the people of the district and not having any outside
employment. She believes that the district needs someone to lead who doesn’t have to recuse themselves
from voting multiple times on the most important issues facing the general assembly.

For a full list of endorsements and to learn more about Margaret visit ​www.crokeforillinois.com​.

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.
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