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A Chicago police officer walks by the Bean in Millennium Park Thursday afternoon as visitors take photos near the attraction.

‘Why will it work this time’: Chicagoans question Lightfoot’s plans to curb crime

Sam Moilanen, Staff Writer 1:11 pm

When entering Millennium Park Thursday evening, one would expect to see tourists and Chicago natives alike laughing, snapping photographs next to “The Bean,” and enjoying the summer evening. Instead,...

In this April 20, 2020, file photo, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot speaks during a news conference in Chicago. Chicago officials say the nations third-largest city cannot begin to loosen restrictions designed to limit the spread of the coronavirus before early June. Gov. J.B. Pritzker has said all parts of the state are on track for restrictions to begin loosening on May 29. But Mayor Lightfoot said Friday, May 22, that the city is not yet hitting the metrics in her plan for gradually loosening restrictions and that she is hopeful that can happen by early June.

Chicago to require proof of vaccination at restaurant, bars

Sara Burnett, Associated Press December 21, 2021

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago will require proof of coronavirus vaccination at restaurants, bars, gyms and other indoor venues, as the rapidly spreading omicron variant drives a spike in COVID-19 infections,...

Chicago Police officers cross the street in downtown Chicago, Wednesday, April 22, 2020.

Lightfoot, CPD reject community suggestions regarding policing

Sonal Soni, Staff Writer October 25, 2020

On Oct. 15, the Use of Force Community Working Group published an open letter to Mayor Lori Lightfoot demanding that she enforce their demands regarding “Recommendations to reduce the ongoing CPD violence...

Mayor Lori Lightfoot answers a reporters question during a news conference to provide an update to the latest efforts by the Racial Equity Rapid Response Team in Chicago on Monday, April 20, 2020.

Organizers call for Lightfoot to de-escalate police department

Cailey Gleeson and Nika Schoonover September 4, 2020

Leaders from over 25 community and faith-based organizations — including Cook County Public Defender Amy Campanelli — wrote an open letter to Mayor Lori Lightfoot criticizing her response to months...

Changing climate, changing Chicago

Changing climate, changing Chicago

Here’s a look at what Mayor-elect Lori Lightfoot says she plans to do about climate change
Ella Lee, Focus Editor April 22, 2019

Climate change is not widely discussed in Chicago. Given our central location in America and access to fresh water, the threats we face are not as apparent as the ones that face coastal cities like Boston...

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University executive vice president joins Lightfoot’s transition team

Mackenzie Murtaugh, News Editor April 15, 2019

As mayor-elect Lori Lightfoot prepares to take on the city of Chicago, Jeff Bethke, DePaul executive vice president and chief financial officer, will take on the role of adviser for budget and municipal...

The proposed Lincoln Yards development will sit on 50 acres of riverfront property on the Northwest Side. The site will be home to a transportation hub, retail shops, office space, public parks and residential units.

Chicago aldermen OK $2.4M in tax subsidies for developers of Lincoln Yards, ‘The 78’

Associated Press April 10, 2019

The Chicago City Council has approved $2.4 billion in tax subsidies for two major developments after Mayor-elect Lori Lightfoot said she would drop her opposition. Aldermen voted Wednesday morning on...

The Lincoln Yards site currently stands completed grounded and paved, awaiting Sterling Bays development to begin. The people behind the site promise that the community will benefit from increased tourism and opportunities for store owners, but those assurances are not logical when put into perspective.

Mayor Emanuel to delay vote on $2B tax deals for developers of Lincoln Yards, ‘The 78’

Associated Press April 8, 2019

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has agreed at the request of incoming mayor Lori Lightfoot to delay votes on tax packages worth about $2 billion for a pair of development projects. “In our first meeting,...

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A look back at Chicago’s most iconic mayors

Ella Lee, Focus Editor April 8, 2019

Chicago mayor-elect Lori Lightfoot’s landslide victory over long-time politician Toni Preckwinkle has been interpreted by many as a change to the way the city does politics. “They didn’t elect a...

Mayoral candidate Lori Lightfoot and her daughter Vivian Lightfoot appear with supporters at EvolveHer in Chicago Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2019. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune via AP)

Lightfoot becomes first African American woman to lead Chicago

Benjamin Conboy, Editor in Chief April 2, 2019

Lori Lightfoot will be the first African American woman to be the mayor of the city of Chicago, defeating political heavyweight Toni Preckwinkle in a historic landslide election. Lightfoot won the election...

Lori Lightfoot helps rebuild trust during mayoral race

Lori Lightfoot helps rebuild trust during mayoral race

Emma Oxnevad, Asst. News Editor February 11, 2019

In a crowded political race, it can often be difficult for voters to feel like they have an effective understanding of each candidate. With long-winded speeches and dense jargon, it’s sometimes tricky...

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