Following weeks of discontent from Chicago residents who have expressed a desire to put forth legislation to recall Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner said he would sign the bill should it come across his desk.
In a press conference unrelated to Emanuel’s fallout from the mishandling of the Laquan McDonald shooting and video, Rauner told reporters he was “very disappointed” in his friend and Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez. Rauner was originally meeting with reporters to “unveil a new report from his Task Force on Local Government Consolidation and unfunded Mandates,” the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
Asked about state Rep. La Shawn Ford’s legislation that would allow Chicago voters to attempt recall the mayor, Rauner said he hasn’t studied the bill but based on what he’s been told about it, “I would sign that bill.”
The governor went on to say that he would also be “broadly supportive of the recall concept in general for all elected officials in the state. … That would be the best bill to pass.”
The governor declined to expand on his disappointment with Emanuel and Alvarez, noting that there is now a federal investigation.
“I’m not going to say more than that right now, because there’s a lot of investigation going on, but I’m very disappointed,” Rauner said.
What seems like a dig at the mayor may not be one after all: Rauner explained that though the legislation is a great concept for all elected officials going forward, it could not apply to those currently in office. Emanuel would likely be protected from the recall if Rauner were to sign the bill.
That hasn’t stopped residents from voicing their concern over Emanuel’s response to recent police shootings. Alvarez has asked that the latest incident — which resulted in the death of an unarmed grandmother and a mentally ill teenager — be investigated by the FBI for full transparency.