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.
Lori’s Plan for Affordable Housing
For too long, Chicago city government has failed to help create enough housing that is affordable all over the city, so that individuals and families can continue to live here. City government’s track record on addressing homelessness is no better. These failures have exacerbated segregation and forced low-and moderate-income Chicagoans out of their neighborhoods and even out of the city.
The Lightfoot administration will address these issues by:
- Limiting aldermanic prerogative by passing the Affordable Home Equity Ordinance
- Modifying the Affordable Requirements Ordinance to create more housing that is affordable
- Creating a transparent, accountable Qualified Allocation Plan to effectively distribute Low Income Housing Tax Credits and promote the city’s housing priorities
- Amending overly restrictive zoning and building codes to promote the use of innovative construction techniques, building materials and technologies
- Replacing the regressive real estate transfer tax with a progressive tax to provide a revenue source for housing and homelessness initiatives
- Expanding homeownership opportunities for low and moderate-income Chicagoans
- Devoting resources and services to prevent homelessness
In the News
Chicago mayoral candidate Lori Lightfoot released the following statement in response to recent Chicago Tribune reporting. "This is bigger than Toni Preckwinkle's shielding of John Keller," said Lightfoot. "It's bigger than her campaign's dishonest efforts to...read more
Press Release – Lightfoot releases policy to create housing that is affordable, prevent homelessness
Chicago mayoral candidate Lori Lightfoot released a new policy proposal to create housing that is affordable and to prevent homelessness. The full policy is available here. Lightfoot has previously released comprehensive policies relating to good government, public...read more
“Once again, the Emanuel administration has shown it doesn’t care about the needs of everyday Chicagoans,” said Lightfoot. “As a mother and a homeowner, it is completely outrageous to me that this administration did nothing to inform us of unsafe lead levels in...read more
Thank you to the Emerging Leaders of the Business Leadership Council for hosting yesterday's candidate forum! I shared what I've heard all over the city: we want change. We want a break from the past. We want an independent leader who will lead in an inclusive, transparent way. https://t.co/1SFTNYPibq
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