Lori’s Plan to Transform Chicago Public Schools

A world class city needs a world class public education system. Working together, we will create a pre-K-12 school system that provides equal opportunities for students, regardless of income, address or background, and which erases the achievement and graduation gaps between students. We will develop a diverse, vibrant, skilled workforce that fuels growth in every neighborhood and leaders who will shape Chicago’s future.

We will do this by transforming Chicago Public Schools into a system where: 

  1. Structural, racial and other inequities disappear
  2. Communities and stakeholders are included in decisions regarding schools
  3. Every neighborhood has high quality elementary and high schools
  4. Children enter kindergarten at the same level as their peers
  5. Schools are staffed with full-time nurses, social workers and librarians
  6. Kids receive trauma-informed instruction and mental health services
  7. Chicagoans have the opportunity to elect an independent school board
  8. CTA is more accessible for qualifying CPS students
  9. There are expanded career pathways for high school students
  10. The Community School Initiative continues to grow
  11. CPS recruits, develops and retains highly effective and diverse teachers
  12. All students have access to after school programs and experiences
  13. Diverse learners receive the resources they need to learn and succeed
  14. There is accountability in CPS’ central office
  15. Chicago Public Schools are funded

Lori’s Plan for a Cleaner Environment

Chicago city government has an absolute responsibility to take the lead on protecting residents from environmental harms. This starts with being a fierce advocate regarding the dangers of climate change and ensuring that residents have clean air to breath and safe water to drink no matter where they live.

Working together, we will:

  1. Bring back the city’s Department of Environment
  2. Become a local and regional leader on environmental issues
  3. Promote environmental justice through inclusive decision making
  4. Expand lead water testing in homes, schools, and public facilities to ensure testing is truly representative
  5. Implement and utilize information-gathering processes for air and soil quality
  6. Create a brownfield initiative to identify, remediate, and redevelop lands that are underutilized because of potential contamination
  7. Reaffirm Chicago’s commitment to reaching 100% renewable energy usage by 2025
  8. Improve Chicago’s abysmal recycling rates by holding city waste contractors accountable
  9. Require Chicago’s building code to be revisited every five years to ensure Chicago is utilizing the best available practices while not burdening development with obsolete requirements

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:

  1. Limiting aldermanic prerogative by passing the Affordable Home Equity Ordinance
  2. Modifying the Affordable Requirements Ordinance to create more housing that is affordable
  3. Creating a transparent, accountable Qualified Allocation Plan to effectively distribute Low Income Housing Tax Credits and promote the city’s housing priorities
  4. Amending overly restrictive zoning and building codes to promote the use of innovative construction techniques, building materials and technologies
  5. Replacing the regressive real estate transfer tax with a progressive tax to provide a revenue source for housing and homelessness initiatives
  6. Pushing CHA to provide more housing opportunities, transparency and accountability
  7. Devoting resources and services to prevent homelessness
  8. Focusing on innovation and collaboration

Lori’s LGBTQ+ Policy Framework

Lori’s identity and experiences have helped shape how she sees the world. As an out and proud black lesbian, Lori understands the importance of safeguarding the civil rights of the LGBTQ+ community and recognizes that while significant progress has been made, more important work must be done. Although all members of the LGBTQ+ community continue to face struggles in today’s society, the challenges are especially acute for youth, members of the trans community, and LGBTQ+ people of color.

Lori’s immediate priorities to support Chicago’s diverse LGBTQ+ community include:

  1. Guaranteeing visibility and participation in city government
  2. Bolstering safety and justice for the trans community
  3. Protecting and supporting LGBTQ+ youth
  4. Promoting wellness and health
  5. Addressing the needs of LGBTQ+ seniors
  6. Ensuring LGBTQ+ veterans get a fair deal

Lori’s Plan for Public Safety

Chicago city government has a fundamental obligation to ensure its residents are safe, live without fear, and have uniform access to public safety services. However, all across our city, our government has failed to meet its obligations. Lori Lightfoot is the only candidate with a comprehensive plan to keep our communities safe. The plan addresses both urgent challenges and systemic issues to provide the resources, expertise, and attention needed to meaningfully reduce violence and build trust between police and our communities.

Lori’s plan for public safety outlines that we must:

  1. Address violence as a public health crisis
  2. Create a new Mayor’s Office for Public Safety
  3. Engage with state and federal partners in a proactive and focused way to tackle the illegal gun problem
  4. Increase the homicide clearance rate
  5. Bridge the divide between officers and communities
  6. Reform policing practices
  7. Invest in communities
  8. Educate Chicago youth

Lori’s Plan to Clean Up City Government

Lori is running for mayor to build a Chicago that works for every person and every community. For years, Chicagoans have felt the effects of an “us versus them” style of governance that caters to the wealthy few and politically connected while ignoring everyone else. These inequities foster a deep-seeded mistrust and a perception of city government as a corrupt and mismanaged bureaucracy. To restore public confidence, we need to build a transparent, ethical, and accountable Chicago.

Lori is the only candidate with a plan to get it done.

As mayor, Lori will:

  1. Implement mayoral term limits
  2. Ban profiting from public service
  3. Improve workers’ compensation oversight
  4. Strengthen government oversight
  5. Make FOIA work for all Chicagoans
  6. Bring transparency to tax increment financing (TIF)
  7. Merge county and city election administration
  8. Eliminate legal conflicts of interest, and
  9. Hold budget town halls


A copy of our report filed with the State Board of Elections is (or will be) available on the Board’s official website (www.elections.il.gov) or for purchase from the State Board of Elections, Springfield, Illinois