Residents rally calling for Ald. James Gardiner's resignation citing 'abuse of power'

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- A rally was held Monday night on the Northwest Side, demanding the resignation of 45th Ward Alderman James Gardiner.

"Hey, hey, ho, ho, Gardiner has go to go," the crowd chanted.

Residents of the 45th Ward gathered Monday night outside Gardiner’s office, calling him a “liar,” a “stalker,” and a “misogynist,” and accusing him of “intimidation,” “homophobia,” and “abuse.”

Stephanie Livingston spoke to CBS 2.

“I’m raising three boys. I don’t want them to think this behavior is OK. It’s absolutely not OK," she said.

Livingston is referring to a series of leaked text messages sent by Gardiner to a former staffer, who provided CBS 2 with screenshots. The text messages include slurs and expletives to describe a gay alderman and women in politics, and plotting revenge against those who opposed him.

The crowd chanted at the rally: "What do we want? Resignation! When do we want it? Now!"

“We are fed up with his abuse of power, his misogyny, his harassment, and intimidation,” Sara Gronkiewicz-Doran, of United Northwest Side, told CBS 2. “We don’t want excuses, and we don’t want apologies. We want him to quit his job because he is unfit to do it.”

There’s an Inspector General investigation. According to the Tribune, Gardiner’s conduct is also being investigated by the FBI.