My name is Lori Lightfoot and I am the next 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.
Congressman Jesús “Chuy” García • Congresswoman Robin Kelly • Congressman Mike Quigley
Former County Clerk David Orr • Alderman Scott Waguespack (32nd Ward)
Congressman Jesús “Chuy” García
Congresswoman Robin Kelly
Congressman Mike Quigley
Former County Clerk David Orr
Alderman Scott Waguespack
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.
For years, we have been presented with a false choice: invest in our downtown business district or in our neighborhoods. And we have seen the results of this false choice. As the downtown, north and near west sides thrived, neighborhoods on the west and south sides suffered. People there left the city, schools and businesses closed, and crime skyrocketed. The economic impact has and continues to be devastating.
Chicago cannot become a truly global city if we continue to invest in some areas of the city while ignoring others. Instead, we must invest in all of Chicago, and that is what I will do.
Working together to achieve a stronger and fairer Chicago economy, my administration will:
- Make Chicago friendly to small businesses and startups
- Increase access to capital for local businesses and startups
- Decentralize city operations by relocating city agencies to our neighborhoods
- Localize supply chains through community partnerships
- Expand opportunities for minority, disabled and women-owned businesses, small businesses andreturning citizens
- Use federal Opportunity Zones to drive development in distressed communities
- Offer small businesses planning advice and technical support
- Grow professional apprenticeship programs
- Support the integration of the regional economy
- Eliminate tax benefits that incentivize vacant storefronts
Press Release – Mayor-elect Lightfoot responds to Friday’s criminal charges tied to Burke investigation
Mayor-elect Lori Lightfoot released the following statement in response to Alderman Burke’s ties to Friday’s bribery charges. “Today’s charges add more definition to the utterly corrupt way in which Alderman Ed Burke has exploited his position and power. This is...read more
Press Release – Lightfoot calls on Finance Committee to hold subject matter hearing on Lincoln Yards and The 78
Mayor-elect Lori Lightfoot released the following statement in advance of the Monday Finance Committee meeting. “I’m calling on Finance Committee Chairman Patrick O’Connor to make tomorrow’s Finance Committee meeting a subject matter hearing to address major concerns...read more
"We made this meeting a priority in the first week of the transition because of the importance of organized labor to working families across the city. We discussed shared priorities, including raising the minimum wage to $15 by 2021, defending collective bargaining...read more
I’m proud of the work these committee members are doing to develop recommendations on the challenges facing our city. Each of the memos represents individual viewpoints. You can read them here. (4/4)
As part of my commitment to build an inclusive City Hall, we’ll be posting the memos we’ve received from individual transition committee members on our website (https://t.co/n9zEhy76Z5) at noon today. (3/4)
Last week, we released a list of ten transition committees focused on an array of subject areas. The committees are made up of people with diverse backgrounds and experiences ranging from new voices to professionals who have worked long and hard on these issues.(2/4)
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