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Help shape Chicago’s 2022 budget

Mayor Lightfoot believes that our city’s budget is a moral document that must reflect the needs of all of our residents and neighborhoods. That’s why last year—despite a historic $1.2 billion deficit—Mayor Lightfoot worked with the City Council to pass a 2021 budget...

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Chicago names first food equity policy leader

Chicago’s first food equity policy lead was appointed Thursday as officials try to tackle food insecurity. Ruby Ferguson will serve as the food equity policy lead and will work with the newly established Food Equity Council, Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s office announced...

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Our equitable and inclusive recovery

When COVID-19 hit our city, my administration took action to lay the foundation for an equitable and inclusive economic recovery. Chicago became the first major city in America to publish an economic recovery plan.  And now, with our economy fully reopened, Chicago is...

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10 More Chicago Libraries Extend Sunday Hours

Ten Chicago Public Library branches have extended their hours — with more to come, the Mayor’s Office announced Sunday. The branches extended their hours to be open 1-5 p.m. Sundays so people can access resources like free internet, according to a Mayor’s Office news...

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A historic moment for police reform and accountability

I ran for Mayor in part to create trust between police and our residents. But we knew that task would be impossible in a system where regular Chicagoans hold no role in ensuring police accountability. That’s why I campaigned on establishing civilian oversight of the...

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Real Investments in Our Neighborhoods

When I ran for Mayor, I promised we would reverse a decades-long trend of disinvestment in our neighborhoods, particularly on our South and West Sides. Over the last 26 months, we have used the power of city government to do just that. We’re bringing the public and...

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Minimum Hourly Wage in Chicago to Hit $15, Capping 6-Year Fight

Chicago’s minimum wage will rise to $15 per hour Thursday, capping a six-year fight that energized the labor movement and fueled new laws designed to improve the working conditions for the city’s lowest-paid workers. The $1 hike in the city’s minimum wage was signed...

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City-backed venture plans 250 homes in North Lawndale

Mayor Lori Lightfoot and community groups pledged Monday to build 250 homes in North Lawndale to improve the community and help families build wealth. The program, part of the Invest South/West effort, involves selling city-owned parcels for $1 each to groups that say...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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....

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We have to vote

We are all reeling from the news of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s passing. Many of the rights that women and underrepresented communities accept as settled law were due to the wisdom and legal prowess of Ruth Bader Ginsburg during her lengthy tenure on the bench....

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Our plan on police reform

When I took office, police reform was a top priority for my new administration. It’s part of a personal mission that has lasted close to two decades. Before taking office, I led the Police Accountability Task Force and chaired the Chicago Police Board, the independent...

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How Chicago changes

Last week, we announced a $330 million lending commitment from 40 banks that will help add 7,000 affordable housing units on the South and West Sides.  To read more about it, click here. I am highlighting it not because it is the panacea for every problem we face. It...

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Our “pandemic budget” and the road ahead

I stood up today and delivered the 2021 budget forecast for the City of Chicago. It was my solemn duty to report that one year after taking on a historic budget shortfall, the impact of COVID has once again created a new fiscal challenge for our city. This time...

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Press Release – UNITE HERE Local 1 endorses Lori Lightfoot

Today, UNITE HERE Local 1 endorsed Lori Lightfoot for mayor. UNITE HERE Local 1 represents more than 15,000 hospitality workers in airports, restaurants, cafeterias, stadiums, convention centers and casinos throughout Chicagoland and northwest Indiana. The endorsement...

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Press Release – Lightfoot releases returning citizens policy

Joined by former mayoral candidates Dr. Willie Wilson and Ja’Mal Green and members of the Safer Foundation leadership team on Wednesday, Chicago mayoral candidate Lori Lightfoot released her policy plan to help returning citizens thrive. The policy includes: Creating...

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Press Release – 30+ Chicago leaders issue a call for unity

More than 30 Chicago leaders issued the following call for unity following inflammatory tactics from the Preckwinkle campaign in the final days of the race. “We are coming together today to say that Chicagoans should not be moved by the distortions and politics of...

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Press Release – Miguel del Valle endorses Lori Lightfoot

In videos released Tuesday in English and Spanish, the first Latino Illinois State Senator, former Chicago City Clerk, former Chicago mayoral candidate, and retired Illinois Commerce Commissioner Miguel del Valle endorsed Lori Lightfoot for mayor. del Valle’s...

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Press Release – Human Rights Campaign endorses Lori Lightfoot

Today, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) announced its endorsement of Lori Lightfoot for mayor. HRC is the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) organization and joins Comptroller Susana Mendoza, Ja’Mal Green, Illinois Nurses Association...

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Press Release – Lightfoot releases new TV ad, “Moment”

Chicago mayoral candidate Lori Lightfoot released a new TV ad, “Moment,” on Friday. In the ad, Albert Cleveland describes how Lori took on his case pro bono after he was convicted of a crime he did not commit and was sentenced to 45 years in prison. Lightfoot has...

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Press Release – Lightfoot Statement on Chance Endorsement

Lori Lightfoot released the following statement on Chance the Rapper endorsing Toni Preckwinkle: “I have great respect for Chance and the community activists and organizers across the city who are fighting for social justice,” said Lightfoot. “I share their passion...

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Press Release – Lightfoot releases new TV ad, “Focus”

Today, Chicago mayoral candidate Lori Lightfoot released a new TV ad, "Focus.” In the ad, Lightfoot highlights her plans to bring true change to Chicago and end the city’s broken political machine while Lightfoot’s daughter attempts to distract in the background. The...

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Press Release – Ten labor unions endorse Lori Lightfoot

Chicago mayoral candidate Lori Lightfoot received the endorsements of Amalgamated Transit Union Locals 241 and 308, City College Contingent Labor Organizing Committee, Gas Workers Local 18007, Iron Workers District Council and Local 1, Illinois Education Association...

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Press Release – Gloria Steinem endorses Lori Lightfoot

Today, feminist activist and author Gloria Steinem endorsed Lori Lightfoot for mayor. For decades, Steinem has been a pro-choice champion and steadfast advocate for women and LGBTQ rights. Steinem joins Congressman Chuy Garcia, Our Revolution Chicago, State...

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Press Release – Plumbers Local 130 endorses Lori Lightfoot

At a press conference today, Plumbers Local 130 endorsed Lori Lightfoot for mayor. Plumbers Local 130 represents over 6,000 members throughout Chicago. The endorsement comes as Lightfoot continues to build a broad coalition of support for her grassroots campaign,...

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Press Release – Lightfoot releases new TV ad, “Why”

Today, Chicago mayoral candidate Lori Lightfoot released a new TV ad, "Why.” The ad questions the motivations behind Toni Preckwinkle’s recent attacks on Lightfoot and points to Preckwinkle’s history of regressive tax hikes and old-school machine politics. The ad is...

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Press Release – Lightfoot releases new TV ad, “Change”

Chicago mayoral candidate Lori Lightfoot released her first TV ad of the runoff election, "Change." Filmed primarily at Lightfoot's election night celebration, the ad captures the grassroots momentum that propelled Lightfoot to first place and highlights the...

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