A First For Chicago

April 5, 2019
MacLean Center [CC BY 3.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0)]
The city of Chicago, Illinois, has waited months to find out who their next mayor will be. That’s because during the mayoral election in February, the results of the top two candidates didn’t exceed fifty percent of the total votes, which meant that a runoff election was necessary. Well, the people of Chicago voted, and they overwhelmingly chose Lori Lightfoot to be the leader of their city. Why all this attention on one mayor? It’s a big deal—that’s why! Not only is she the first female African-American mayor for the city of Chicago, she’s also the first openly gay mayor of Chicago. But winning the election is just the beginning. Lightfoot has a tough job ahead. She’s promised to fight corruption, reform the police department, and work to build a better and different Chicago. In her acceptance speech, Lightfoot said, “A lot of little girls and boys are out there watching us tonight, and they’re seeing the beginning of something … well, a little bit different. They’re seeing a city reborn, a city where it doesn’t matter what color you are, where it surely doesn’t matter how tall you are, and where it doesn’t matter who you love, just as long as you love with all your heart.” It looks like the people of Chicago agree with Lightfoot.