Freedom Caucus Statement on New Chicago Mayor Johnson

May 15, 2023

Springfield, IL – The IL Freedom Caucus is issuing the following statement on the swearing in of Brandon Johnson as Mayor of Chicago.

“We want to believe the Brandon Johnson era will be a departure from the failed policies of the previous administration that made Chicago a national punchline. Unfortunately, there is nothing in Johnson’s rhetoric that would suggest he is going to usher in a new era of common-sense policies in running the City of Chicago. In fact, there is every reason to believe Lori Lightfoot will look like a conservative compared to him.

On just the first day in office, he has doubled down on Chicago being a sanctuary city and has created a deputy mayor position dedicated to ‘eradicating the root causes of crime and violence and advance a comprehensive, healing-centered approach to community safety.’ In other words, brace yourself Chicago because the crime wave is about to get even bigger.

The last thing the City of Chicago needs is another left-wing idealogue running the city, but unfortunately for Chicago and for the State of Illinois as a whole – that is exactly what we appear to have in Brandon Johnson. Rest in Peace, Chicago.”