The mayoral contest between Lori Lightfoot and Toni Preckwinkle is a choice between real governmental reform and old-style machine politics. I’ve supported Lightfoot since the day she announced, and I believe she will lead the City forward without leaving its residents behind. Rahm’s plans for Chicago did not include the ordinary citizen. Lightfoot’s plans do.
Lori Lightfoot is a leader, not a boss. She had the courage to challenge Rahm when he seemed all but invincible. She made a strong case for City Hall reform and took it directly to the voters. Her honesty and integrity stood out in that crowded first round of candidates. She is smart and tough but not arrogant. She connects with people, she understands the frustration that turns to anger when government is unaccountable. She knows how to direct that anger into meaningful reform.
Lori Lightfoot will help reform City Hall. She opposes aldermanic privilege. She has said that nobody should have to “kiss the alderman’s ring” to get City services, and she recognizes the dangers in allowing aldermen absolute control over zoning and economic development in their wards. Lightfoot can be expected to demand that aldermen be held accountable, and to see that they are. She will not be hand-picking the chairmen of City Council committees. You can bet that Lightfoot won’t be cutting $20,000 checks to aldermen who support her while ignoring their responsibilities to both the City and their constituents.
Lori Lightfoot will help wreck the Chicago Machine. With Lightfoot as mayor, we’ll finally realize the beginning of the end of The Chicago Way. Lightfoot won’t owe her victory to the usual influencers, or the mega-rich, or the out-of-towners. She will be accountable to the people who elect her, not to special interests. Wealthy, powerful people always have a private line to the mayor’s office. But Lori Lightfoot won’t cave. That’s not the Lightfoot way. She didn’t get where she is by going along. She will not tolerate business as usual. The City can’t afford it, and Lightfoot knows it. It’s why she decided to run for mayor.
Lori Lightfoot will help reform Illinois politics. Illinois is widely recognized as the most corrupt state in the U.S. Tens of thousands of people are leaving every year. Many of them are Chicagoans fed up with corruption, high taxes, high fees, and poor services. Illinois may well lose at least one congressional representative because of state population loss. Next year’s national census will redraw congressional, state, and local political maps in 2021.The Fair Maps movement is making progress on state and national levels to eliminate partisan gerrymandering. The boundaries of every ward in the City will be redrawn. The Mayor of Chicago will have a strong influence on all these matters.
Everything about her, from her family history to her professional achievements to the way she has chosen to live her life, tells me that Lori Lightfoot is the right person to lead Chicago.
Lori Lightfoot for Mayor.