CHICAGO — Victor Reyes, an attorney and longtime political aide to former Mayor Richard M. Daley, complained on a secretly recorded phone call that Ald. Danny Solis (25th) didn’t steer business to his firm the same way four other Latino aldermen did, according to a Sun-Times report.
In an affidavit obtained by the Sun-Times, Reyes, former chief of the now-defunct Hispanic Democratic Organization, complained to Solis that he hadn’t sent business to him like Joe Moreno (1st), George Cardenas (12th), Ricardo Munoz (22nd) and Roberto Maldonado (26th) had.
Reyes previously contributed to each of the candidate’s campaigns, according to the Sun-Times, but two aldermen mentioned in the conversation denied any quid pro quo occurred.
Both Moreno and Cardenas denied that business referrals to Reyes’ law firm were in exchange for campaign contributions, according the report. Moreno told the Sun-Times he made clear to people that they did not need to use Reyes’ firm, that it was just a referral.
The Sun-Times previously revealed Solis, then the powerful head of the City Council’s Zoning Committee — wore a wire for two years as part of a federal investigation into powerful Ald. Ed Burke (14th), who has been charged with attempted extortion.
Before wearing a wire, Solis was being investigated by the FBI dating back to 2014, but no charges have been filed against him.
Moreno, Cardenas and Maldonado are up for re-election this month.
After announcing last year that he would step down after 25 years in office, Munoz was charged with domestic violence for allegedly attacking his wife on New Year’s Eve. He then reportedly checked himself into rehab.