CHICAGO SWEARS IN NEW MAYOR AND COUNCIL
CHICAGO’S MAYOR LORI LIGHTFOOT, CLERK, TREASURER AND ALDERMEN TAKE OFFICE
This morning, Chicago’s new Mayor, Lori Lightfoot, was sworn in as its 56th Mayor for a four-year term. Mayor Lightfoot is Chicago’s first African American female Mayor and its first Mayor who is openly gay. She, along with City Treasurer Melissa Conyears-Ervin and City Clerk Anna Valencia, compose the top elected offices in the city, the first time that all three offices were held by women at the same time. It is indeed an historic day.
After a ceremony that featured local musicians and prayers from local clergy, Mayor Lightfoot gave a rousing speech which centered on four guiding principles that will lead her term as Mayor: Safety, Education, Stability and Integrity.
Mayor Lightfoot stated that Chicago will become a trauma-informed city that will focus on restoring resources to support mental health services and services for communities that are dealing with issues due to gun violence. She also promised to ensure that police reform remains a priority and that such reforms become part of the fabric of the city.
Mayor Lightfoot will push for a quality public education for all communities and will ensure that it is one that is based in equity. She promised to expand early childhood education programs and for those high school students that are interested in learning a trade, she promised to have programs available to train them.
Mayor Lightfoot promised that she will help create a path to solvency for the city’s pensions without balancing shortfalls on the backs of the working class and the poor. She will focus on affordable housing and home ownership as a way to stabilize communities, and she will support the business community by placing an emphasis on neighborhood businesses instead of focusing on growing the Central Business District.
In response to the old Chicago saying, “Chicago ain’t ready for reform…”, Mayor Lightfoot announced that, “Reform is here.” She will focus on ending corruption in City Hall with a focus on the City Council. To that end, she is preparing to sign an Executive Order as her first act of business which will end what she deems the worst abuses of Aldermanic privilege. Mayor Lightfoot emphasized that Aldermen will continue to have a voice, but not a veto on certain ward matters.
CRMA looks forward to working with Mayor Lightfoot and her team as they get settled into their new roles. Since the retail industry accounts for about 1 in 5 jobs in this State, we expect that she will be interested in partnership and we look forward to being a voice of experience and reason.
Cheers to the new Mayor, Treasurer, Clerk and all 50 Aldermen who begin the first day of their terms today.
PROPOSED CITY COUNCIL COMMITTEE CHAIRMANSHIPS
All Committee Chairmen are voted on by a simple majority of the City Council. The Mayor makes recommendations, but ultimately, the Council decides. Regardless, it has long been the practice that the Council approves the recommendations of the Mayor. To date, those recommendations include:
Former: Ald. Matt O’Shea (19th Ward)
Recommended: Ald. Matt O’Shea (19th Ward)
BUDGET AND GOVERNMENT OPERATIONS
Former: Ald. Carrie Austin (34th Ward)
Recommended: Ald. Pat Dowell (3rd Ward)
COMMITTEES RULES AND ETHICS
Former: Ald. Michelle Harris (8th Ward)
Recommended Ald. Michelle Harris (8th Ward)
ECONOMIC, CAPITAL AND TECHNOLOGY DEVELOPMENT
Former: Ald. Proco “Joe” Moreno (1st Ward)
Recommended: Ald. Gilbert Villegas (36th Ward)
EDUCATION AND CHILD DEVELOPMENT
Former: Ald. Howard Brookins (21st Ward)
Recommended: Ald. Michael Scott, Jr. (24th Ward)
Recommended: Ald. Michele Smith (43rd Ward)
Former: Ald. Pat O’Connor (40th Ward)
Recommended: Ald. Scott Waguespack (32nd Ward)
HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES
Recommended: Ald. Roderick Sawyer (6th Ward)
HOUSING AND REAL ESTATE
Former: Ald. Joe Moore (49th Ward)
Recommended: Ald. Harry Osterman (48th Ward)
LICENSE AND CONSUMER PROTECTION
Former: Ald. Emma Mitts (37th Ward)
Recommended Ald. Emma Mitts (37th Ward)
PEDESTRIAN AND TRAFFIC SAFETY
Former: Ald. Walter Burnett (27th Ward)
Recommended: Ald. Walter Burnett (27th Ward)
Former: Ald. Ariel Reboyras (30th Ward)
Recommended: Ald. Christopher Taliaferro (29th Ward)
SPECIAL EVENTS, CULTURAL AFFAIRS AND RECREATION
Former: Ald. Tom Tunney (44th Ward)
Recommended: Ald. Nicholas Sposato (38th Ward)
TRANSPORTATION AND PUBLIC WAY
Former: Ald. Anthony Beale (9th Ward)
Recommended: Ald. Howard Brookins (21st Ward)
WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT AND AUDIT
Former: Ald. Patrick O’Connor (40th Ward)
Recommended: Ald. Susan Sadlowski Garza (10th Ward)
ZONING, LANDMARKS AND BUILDING STANDARDS
Former: Ald. Daniel Solis (25th Ward)
Recommended: Ald. Tom Tunney (44th Ward)
PRESIDENT PRO TEMPORE
Former: Ald. Margaret Laurino (39th Ward)
Recommended: Ald. Brendan Reilly (42nd Ward)
The next full City Council meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, May 29, 2019 at 10am in City Council Chambers.