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Mayor Lightfoot declares racism a public health crisis in Chicago

CHICAGO — Mayor Lori Lightfoot and other city and community leaders declared racism a public health crisis in Chicago on Thursday. Lightfoot, joined by Dr. Allison Arwady Thursday morning, said now that we have a good handle on COVID-19, many people ask what’s next...

A transformative approach to violence

As we head into summer, there’s nothing more important than keeping every Chicago community safe. That’s why I recently announced a bold, transformative, all-city approach to violence prevention this summer. With a new, whole-of-government approach, we’re focused on...

Two steps forward on police accountability

Mayor Lightfoot and City Council unveiled two police accountability proposals this month that will build on the progress of the consent decree and the administration’s police reform measures. Alderman Scott Waguespack and Alderman Chris Taliaferro worked with Mayor...

Two years ago, we made history

On April 2, 2019, we made history in Chicago. I was proud and humbled to win the runoff election and later to be inaugurated as our city’s first Black woman and LGBTQ mayor. I feel the weight of that history every day in City Hall, and I hope that thousands of young...

This week

We just wrapped up a hectic week, filled with important wins and some big challenges.  I’ll start with the bad news: COVID-19 is back on the rise in Chicago. This week, our case positivity rate is up to 3.6%—a 0.7% increase over last week. The biggest increases are...

An agreement on a safe return to classrooms

Today, I’m pleased to share with you that the Chicago Teachers Union has ratified its agreement with Chicago Public Schools on a safe return to in-person learning. You can read about the agreement here. These past 11 months have been a whirlwind for all of Chicago....