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Lightfoot, CPD reject community suggestions regarding policing

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

Organizers call for Lightfoot to de-escalate police department

Mayor Lori Lightfoot answers a reporter's 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.
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
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...

University executive vice president joins Lightfoot’s transition team

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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...

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

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.
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...

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

The Lincoln Yards site currently stands completed grounded and paved, awaiting Sterling Bay's 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.
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,...

A look back at Chicago’s most iconic mayors

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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...

Lightfoot becomes first African American woman to lead Chicago

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)
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
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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