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Lightfoot's Loss Illustrates a Problem for Democrats
Lori Lightfoot's
Successor Has
Been Determined

Lori Lightfoot's Successor Has Been Determined

Brandon Johnson wins runoff election over the more conservative candidate

(Newser) - Union organizer and former teacher Brandon Johnson will be the next mayor of Chicago. Johnson won Tuesday's runoff election over the police union-backed Paul Vallas, in what the AP calls "a major victory for the Democratic Party’s progressive wing" in the city. Johnson will succeed Lori Lightfoot,...

Chicago's Top Cop Resigns After Lightfoot's Loss

David Brown has faced an uphill battle since he became Chicago's top cop in April 2020

(Newser) - Lori Lightfoot will not be continuing as Chicago's mayor, and now, her police superintendent is right behind her out the exit door. Per WGN-TV , David Brown, who was picked by Lightfoot in April 2020 to head up the Chicago Police Department, submitted his resignation on Wednesday, less than a...

Chicago Mayor's Race: One Incumbent, 8 Rivals
A 'Stunning Defeat' in
Chicago Mayoral Race

A 'Stunning Defeat' in Chicago Mayoral Race

Lori Lightfoot fails to make the runoff

(Newser) - For the first time in four decades, a Chicago elected incumbent mayor has failed to win a re-election bid. When the city went to the polls Tuesday, Lori Lightfoot did not get enough votes to make the runoff election, WBEZ reports, meaning she'll be a one-term mayor. The top...

Email From Lightfoot Campaign Slammed as 'Unethical'

Message to Chicago teachers said students could earn credit for helping with mayor's reelection efforts

(Newser) - Kids in Chicago Public Schools have a variety of ways in which they can earn class credit, but one suggested by the city's mayor is being called "deeply problematic" and has spurred calls for an investigation. WLS reports that the campaign of Lori Lightfoot, who's running for...

Eli Lilly Faces Questions Over Abortion Stance

Company donated to Indiana legislators behind the restrictions

(Newser) - Eli Lilly's suggestion that it will reconsider adding employees in Indiana in light of its new, nearly total restrictions on abortions might have seemed like it would encourage opponents of the law—one of the state's largest employers exerting leverage on behalf of its position. But the response...

Chicago Mayor Has COVID
Chicago Mayor Has COVID

Chicago Mayor Has COVID

Lori Lightfoot say it's an 'urgent reminder for folks to get vaccinated and boosted'

(Newser) - Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot announced Tuesday that she had tested for positive for COVID-19—a day after a deal was reached for students to return to the city's public schools. "I am experiencing cold-like symptoms but otherwise feel fine which I credit to being vaccinated and boosted,"...

Chicago Mayor Wants to Fight Gangs by Seizing Assets

Lori Lightfoot wants to 'take away the profit motive'

(Newser) - Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot says the city is going to fight the gangs "wreaking havoc" in the city by seizing their assets. Under a new ordinance introduced this week, the city's law department would be able to sue gang members and fine them up to $10,000 per...

Dozens of Cops Turn Back on Chicago Mayor at Hospital

Lori Lightfoot went to offer support for injured police officer whose partner died in weekend shooting

(Newser) - Two Chicago police officers were shot during a Saturday night traffic stop, one fatally, and after the shooting, the city's mayor headed to the hospital where the surviving officer is said to be fighting for his life. That visit didn't go well for her. First, sources tell the...

Adam Toledo Shooting Puts Focus on Police Foot Chases
Adam Toledo Shooting Puts
Focus on Police Foot Chases
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Adam Toledo Shooting Puts Focus on Police Foot Chases

Chicago mayor wants a review

(Newser) - The fallout over the fatal police shooting of 13-year-old Adam Toledo in Chicago continues after the release of police bodycam video . Officer Eric Stillman shot the teen during a late-night pursuit down an alley. Coverage:
  • Foot chases: The shooting highlights the high-risk nature of foot chases by police, reports the

Chicago Pulls Vaccine From Hospital After Rogue Events

Trump Tower workers were among those given unauthorized shots

(Newser) - Two Chicago hospital executives have been reprimanded over COVID-19 vaccine events that improperly gave shots to people far from the West Side facility, including one held for workers at Trump Tower. Loretto Hospital's Board of Directors released a statement Friday saying it had "taken appropriate actions of reprimand"...

Chicago: Buy a Small Turkey This Year
Chicago Sets
Rules for

Chicago Sets Rules for Thanksgiving

As coronavirus cases surge, mayor asks residents to buy small turkeys

(Newser) - Like everything else this year, Thanksgiving is going to be different, Mayor Lori Lightfoot told Chicago on Thursday. The city imposed a mandatory, 10-person limit on social gatherings—even those held outdoors—in time for the holiday and issued a stay-at-home advisory, the Chicago Sun-Times reports. During the pandemic's...

Chicago Mayor: I Have a Right to Make My Home Secure

Police enforce a ban on protesters on Lightfoot's block

(Newser) - The threats to her and her family justify keeping protesters away from her home, says Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot. Police enforce a ban on protesters on her block, the Tribune reports, arresting those who don't leave when asked. "I think that residents of this city, understanding the nature...

Report: 'Caravans' of Looters Drove Into Downtown Chicago

More than 100 alleged looters were arrested by 9am

(Newser) - "We are waking up in shock this morning," Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot said of the unrest and looting that plagued part of downtown in the wee hours of Monday. She referred to the damage done as "straight-up felony criminal conduct" that was totally unrelated to the "...

'Hey, Karen. Watch Your Mouth'
'Hey, Karen.
Watch Your

'Hey, Karen. Watch Your Mouth'

Chicago mayor hits back at White House spokeswoman Kayleigh McEnany

(Newser) - "Hey, Karen. Watch your mouth." That was the message Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot sent to White House spokeswoman Kayleigh McEnany on Thursday, following McEnany's mention of Lightfoot during a press briefing. McEnany had referred to "the derelict mayor of Chicago" while speaking on gun violence, per...

Cops Napped, Made Popcorn Amid Rioting: Officials

Rep. Bobby Rush says they kicked back in his Chicago office

(Newser) - Chicago cops are in hot water after lounging around a politician's office while looters plundered in the very same strip mall, the Chicago Sun-Times reports. That politician, Rep. Bobby Rush, had video of the officers kicking back in his South Side campaign office earlier this month. "One was...

Chicago Has 'Great Victory' in Fight Over Sanctuary Cities

Appeals court says Trump policy should be frozen nationwide

(Newser) - A sharply worded ruling by a federal appeals court in Chicago on Thursday said the Trump administration policy of threatening to withhold grant money from so-called sanctuary cities to force them to comply with its immigration policies violates separation-of-powers provisions enshrined in the Constitution. The 7th US Circuit Court of...

Officials Bash Chicago Partygoers Who Stood 'Cheek-to-Jowl'

Police said 50 people were asked to leave Saturday's gathering

(Newser) - There's an unmistakable cough heard on a video clip showing dozens of people packed into a Chicago townhouse on Saturday. The woman who shared the footage on Facebook Live, only to be met with angry face responses, suggested partying was no different than grocery shopping. "Y'all go...

Illinois Joins 2 States in Virtual Lockdown

Governor announces number of coronavirus cases has reached 585

(Newser) - Gov. J.B. Pritzker issued a stay-at-home order Friday for Illinois residents, joining California and New York in announcing a virtual lockdown during the pandemic. Illinois now has 585 COVID-19 cases, the Daily Herald reports. "You have a right to the truth because you can bear it," Pritzker...

Chicago Elects Its First Black Female Mayor

Lori Lightfoot will succeed Rahm Emanuel

(Newser) - Political newcomer Lori Lightfoot has been elected Chicago mayor, becoming the first black female—and openly gay—leader of the city. Lightfoot on Tuesday defeated Toni Preckwinkle, a former school teacher who served in the City Council for 19 years before becoming Cook County Board president in 2011. The 56-year-old...

The Next Chicago Mayor Will Be a Black Woman

Lori Lightfoot, Toni Preckwinkle to face off April 2 in a history-making runoff election

(Newser) - Two women will face each other in a runoff to become Chicago's first African-American female mayor, reports the AP . Former federal prosecutor Lori Lightfoot, a political outsider as well as the first openly gay woman to run for Chicago mayor, and Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle were the...

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