Mayor of Chicago Lori Lightfoot speaks during her inauguration event Monday, May 20, 2019, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Jim Young).
Lori Lightfoot made history Monday when she was sworn in as Chicago’s very first openly gay mayor.
” For years they stated, ‘Chicago ain’t prepared for reform.’ Well, prepare yourself, since reform is here,” Lightfoot stated to cheers at a packed Wintrust Arena.
Lightfoot was joined on stage by U.S. Sens. Richard J. Durbin and Tammy Duckworth, Rep. Jesús “Chuy” Garcia, Gov. J.B. Pritzker, previous Chicago mayor Richard M. Daley in addition to outgoing mayor Rahm Emanuel
Lightfoot, a previous federal district attorney, presented her other half and 11- year-old daughter. She appeared to choke up when informing her 90- year-old mother, “You and daddy told me I could be anything I desired. My thankfulness to you knows no limitations.”
Throughout her half-hour speech, Lightfoot pledged to keep the city safe and vowed to have “strong schools for each kid, regardless of neighborhood or POSTAL CODE.”
She continued, “A city where people desire to age and not leave. A city of sanctuary against fear, where no one should conceal in the shadows. A city that is cost effective for families and senior citizens and where every job pays a living wage.”
Lightfoot, who is the city’s 56 th mayor, is acquiring a really divided Chicago Her predecessor left behind a tradition of record homicide-levels, soaring criminal activity rates and a deep racial divide that continues to polarize the Windy City.
Lightfoot, who won nearly 75 percent of the vote, has actually already begun to make waves. In her very first main serve as Chicago’s mayor, she signed an executive order focused on curbing the power aldermen have in city departments.
” This is the start, not the (end) of a series of good federal government ethics reforms we’ll be bringing to the city,” Lightfoot stated at the finalizing.