Chicago’s Mayor Lightfoot Envisions a Bright Future for the City

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Lori Lightfoot (Prachatai, Flickr).

In an upbeat and visionary inauguration speech, Lori Lightfoot, Chicago’s first Black woman and openly gay mayor, sketched out her vision of a Chicago dedicated to opportunity for all. She highlighted the need for safe streets and strong schools, as well as a city that is affordable for families and seniors. She was elected on April 2 as the city’s 56th mayor. Although she has faced some criticism from progressive activists, Lightfoot enjoys significant support from various sectors of the city and swept all 50 of Chicago’s wards — the widest electoral margin of any mayoral candidate. In an effort to build on this broad consensus, Lightfoot has moved quickly to establish her presence.

Lightfoot has created a list of committee chairs for the City Council, announced key cabinet officials, and issued a far-reaching and inclusive 100-plus page transition report, according to the Chicago Tribune….

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