My name is Lori Lightfoot and I’m running for mayor of Chicago.
In order for Chicago to remain a world-class city, we need to create a new path. A path in which fairness and inclusion are our guiding principles. As our mayor, I will respect the experiences of all Chicagoans and ensure our city government works to uplift the quality of life for everyone.
We can, and we must, do better. We must do better to address the taxes and fees that burden middle- and low-income families. We must do better to halt the declining conditions of our neighborhood schools. We must do better to change an education policy that does not view parents, teachers, principals, staff or other stakeholders as valued partners. We must do better by insisting on a comprehensive plan to invest in families and neighborhoods, and to end the violence that plagues too many communities. We can do this, together. This is my commitment and my promise to you. Please join me.
For the City We Want
Lori’s vision for Chicago
Forge New Priorities
The cornerstone of our education policy must be to improve the quality of our neighborhood schools. These schools are not just places to learn, they are valuable resources and places that should be a source of pride.
A Comprehensive Plan
Too many children wake up every day, and go to bed every night, blanketed by a fear of violence. That fear has become the most significant factor in their young lives. We can, and we must, fix this.
Invest in Communities
All over Chicago, people feel the effects of an “us versus them” style of governance. Investing here, and not there; providing advantages to some, but not others; listening to a few, but ignoring far too many.
The arts are powerful. Now more than ever, it essential that we lift up and invest in our unparalleled Chicago artists. A robust Chicago arts community inspires us, engages us, questions the status quo and has the power to bring our diverse city together in conversation around the critical challenges of our day. The arts are an economic engine that generate thousands of jobs and spur diverse business development in the Loop and our neighborhoods. We need a mayor who understands that a vibrant city is one that values and invests in its artists.
In an effort to ensure all Chicago can participate in and enjoy the arts, regardless of their zip code or economic status, we will:
Prioritize funding for the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events for increased equitable grantmaking and microfinancing to individual artists, arts organizations and arts corridors.
Audit and streamline city licensing and permitting regulations, including the Public Performance and Amusement license.
Develop an Artist-in-Residence program to build job opportunities for artists and mentorship opportunities for young people.
Bring together ideas and resources from the city, philanthropy, culture and the arts to develop policies and strategies to keep artists living and working in Chicago.
Build investment in Chicago’s public art program by overhauling the Percent for Art ordinance.
Enhance the voices of socially-active artists to encourage civic engagement and support developing creative conversations and solutions to our city’s biggest challenges.
Press Release: Top Preckwinkle lieutenant, Berrios ally attempts to disrupt Lightfoot press conference to defend machine power grab
Chicago mayoral candidate Lori Lightfoot held a press conference today to blast a new bill introduced by State Representative Robert Martwick (D-19) that would make the Cook County assessor an appointed position, thus denying Assessor Fritz Kaegi the opportunity to be...read more
Preckwinkle fired Board of Ethics chief amid Berrios investigation Toni Preckwinkle misrepresented her record on ethics reform at a candidate forum at the DuSable Museum, after independent reform candidate Lori Lightfoot criticized Preckwinkle’s 2013 firing of Cook...read more
Chicago mayoral candidate Lori Lightfoot is the fourth place candidate in a recently announced poll conducted by Telemundo Chicago and NBC 5. The poll shows Lightfoot with 10 percent of the vote, Toni Preckwinkle with 14 percent, Bill Daley with 13 percent, Susana...read more
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