At the final mayoral debate, Lori Lightfoot highlighted her vision for moving Chicago forward and bringing an end to the broken political machine.
She set the tone for the debate early on, highlighting her independence from the city’s broken political culture and her plans to clean up corruption:
“I’m not a part of the broken and corrupt political machine that has a strangle-hold on every aspect of our civic life,” said Lightfoot. “I’ve heard from small business owners, individual citizens, large corporations, and others who feel like they are stifled in their ability to get basic things done, access to basic city services, because of the prolific corruption in our city. It’s not just about Ed Burke, Joe Berrios, or Danny Solis, but it is a much larger problem. I’m well positioned to take on these issues. I have stood for what we need in this city like getting rid of term limits, getting rid of aldermanic prerogative, and moving forward in a way that breaks free of a corrupt city past, and that is important.”
Lightfoot then spoke to the critical need for clean water in neighborhoods across Chicago:
“I have been very disturbed by reports that have come out recently that the city is aggressively shutting off water access to residents,” said Lightfoot. “And, as seems to be the case with this administration, those water shutoffs are falling disproportionately on black and brown communities. Water is absolutely an essential part of life. We’ve gotta rethink our water costs and policies, but we can’t keep balancing the budget on the backs of people who are least able to afford it and shut them off from vital services like water.”
And she finished her night with a strong message, promising to improve resources in black and brown communities:
“I think you have to set the tone as mayor,” said Lightfoot. “Let me be blunt: black and brown communities are not going to be starved of resources. It’s not acceptable that we’re not filling in potholes, filling vacant lots, or cleaning up the trash and if we don’t, if we’re not going to get it right, then change the leadership. Pure and simple. It’s unacceptable, the conditions of our communities on the south and west side. This has to change.”