Chicago’s New Mayor

Edwin Gramajo, Opinions Editor

In April 2019, Lori Elaine Lightfoot (Democrat) was elected mayor of Chicago after a runoff election. Lightfoot was sworn in as mayor on May 20, 2019 at the Wintrust Arena. According to Mayor Lightfoot’s official website, “as mayor, she will work to create opportunity for every Chicagoan—regardless of race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, economic status, or neighborhood.” Mayor Lightfoot completed her Bachelor’s Degree with honors at the University of Michigan and is also a University of Chicago Law School graduate.

Mayor Lightfoot has served in multiple committees. “As Chair of the Police Accountability Task Force, Lori created the organizational structure and staffing, and helped facilitate the financing for the independent PATF which conducted an in-depth analysis of the practices of the Chicago Police Department and related entities.”

Mayor Lightfoot has also served as president of the Chicago Police Board. As president she led a civilian group that was “charged with deciding disciplinary matters involving allegations of police misconduct.”

According to Mayor Lightfoot’s website, improving schools, public safety and neighborhood development are all parts of her future plans.

Numerous public schools are underfunded and many have been closed.

“The cornerstone of our education policy must be to improve the quality of our neighborhood schools. These schools are not just places to learn, they are valuable resources and places that should be a source of pride.”

“No child should have to leave his or her neighborhood to attend a Level 1 or Level 1+ school. When a school gets a Level 1 or Level 1 plus, it means that they are in good overall status. Many Chicago schools are still trying to get to Level 1.

Lightfoot’s passion for Education stemmed from her parents. “As a result, Lori thrived academically and earned acceptance to the University of Michigan, where she graduated with honors.” (Lightfoot For Chicago)

Some of Lightfoot’s views include supporting LGTBQ+ Chicagoans and legalizing cannabis. More information about her plans can be found on

In order to get involved in Lightfoot’s campaign, look in to donating time at the Local School Councils, CAPS Meetings, and non-profit organizations.