City of Chicago Clerk Amends Ethics Forms After NBC’s 5 Questions – NBC Chicago


Chicago City Clerk Anna Valencia, who is running as Democratic Secretary of State for Illinois, changed her declarations of financial interests after questions raised by NBC 5.

Valencia’s husband, Reyahd Kazmi, is a lobbyist and, as required, Valencia must list all companies doing business with the city for which his spouse/partner received compensation over $5,000 per year.

Valencia initially amended their 2021 forms on March 15 after NBC 5 first revealed that Valencia failed to list Monterrey Security, a company with heavy city contracts. Besides Monterrey Security, Valencia also amended its 2021 form to include two other companies that were not initially listed: Chicago Commons and Black Dog Corporation.

On Friday, the Chicago Ethics Board posted on its website that Valencia had amended its 2020 ethics statements.

The Valencia campaign spokesperson, insisting the amendment was made on the same day, March 15, gave NBC 5 a form that his campaign said was emailed to the council. ethics, but the form did not bear anyone’s name and was not dated or signed. The word “amendment” was misspelled.

On the Ethics Council website it states: The Ethics Council will not accept submissions of incomplete forms.

The Friday, March 25 ethics board said it received a form signed and dated March 16. Steve Berlin, the executive director of the Chicago Board of Ethics, said he accepted the amended form even though it was postdated because it is the substance of the form that makes it authentic.

If Valence became secretary of state, she would be in charge of registering lobbyists.


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