At tonight’s WTTW forum, Chicago mayoral candidate, former federal prosecutor, and former Police Board President Lori Lightfoot highlighted how her family’s experiences inform her commitment to policing and criminal justice reform.
“I have worked tirelessly on police reform and accountability, and I don’t think there is anyone else in the city who has taken on a tougher assignment at a tougher time than I have,” said Lightfoot. “The work is unfinished, and I hope to continue to lead that effort for reform and accountability as the next mayor. I am a person whose brother spent most of his adult life locked up in prison, and I know firsthand what that means for a family. Taking that experience into a place like the U.S. Attorney’s Office, being a person with my background and my experience—we want people like me in those rooms, not on the outside while someone else controls the destinies of people who look like me and go through my life experiences.”