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About Robert Martwick
Unethical or Incompetent?
Robert Martwick failed to list his additional source of income because it was “too hard to understand”. Martwick, a lawyer, had failed to disclose additional income from his own political consulting firm, First Tuesday Inc, which has notable clients such as Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle and Cook County Assessor and Chairman of the Cook County Democratic Party, Joe Berrios. The law firm Martwick is employed at is a major campaign contributor to Joe Berrios. First Tuesday Inc has drawn in more than $670,000 since 2005 from other Illinois politicians. At the time, Martwick did not have a Chicago business license either.
Improper and Out of Touch
After legislator pay was delayed due to the budget stalemate, Robert Martwick had complained about not getting paid. After calling the delayed payments “extortion and corruption”, Martwick failed to look in the mirror and had made this comment after fellow legislator, Jaime Andrade, had to drive with Uber to make ends meet. However in 2014, Martwick voted for a bill that would have severely restricted ridesharing services such as Uber.
Born into a clout-heavy family, Robert and his father work at a politically connected property tax firm that makes its money by lowering property tax bills for corporate clients. They maintain a very close relationship with Cook County Assessor Joe Berrios. According to a 2010 New York Times investigation, Martwick’s law firm was a top political donor to Berrios and his daughter, former state representative Maria Berrios, contributing more than $164,000 to both campaigns.
Politics over Constituents on the 5150 Housing Project
A hot topic with Jefferson Park residents is around the proposed high-rise housing project on 5150 N Northwest Highway. Robert Martwick failed to take a position on the matter and, by extension, stood against the people. Once again, Martwick has failed to listen to his constituents, even after a petition with over 6,000 signatures opposing the project and demanding public opposition from Martwick, Arena and others was presented.