25 Facts About Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot: An Extraordinary Leader

“It’s a new day, Chicago. We’re bringing in the Light.” When clicking on Lori Lightfoot’s website, the first message to be read is a big “THANK YOU CHICAGO” pop up, followed by the previous quote. Lori Lightfoot made history this spring as the first black woman and first openly gay person to serve as Chicago’s elected mayor.

The runoff election between Lightfoot and her opponent Toni Preckwinkle held consistently in the new mayor’s favor. Triumphant, focused, and humble, Lightfoot is ready to usher in lasting change to Chicago’s government. She stands for transparency and accountability. Lightfoot has a long history with those two themes, having worked in the past to bring justice to corrupt police and other sectors of City Hall.

Racism and injustice are held close to her heart, issues that she wants to work hard to reform. Lori Lightwood isn’t done making history, that’s for sure, so let’s take a look at 25 Facts About Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot: The First Black, Openly Gay Person to Hold the Post.

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The election itself was historic, as Chicago has never before been led by a black female mayor.


What she stands for


Lightfoot has said she wants to work towards restoring people’s faith in government. As mayor, she wants to invest in neighborhoods on the west and south sides and hold City Hall accountability and transparent to its people.


Family life


Growing up, Lightfoot was the youngest of four children. Her mother was a healthcare aide and school board member. Her father a factory worker and janitor. They grew up in Massillon, Ohio.




From a young age, Lightfoot was achieving big things. She played in her high school band and she was on the basketball team. Moreover, she was a yearbook editor, and pep club member. Lightfoot was also elected high school class president three times.


Knowledge is power


Lightfoot would not allow humble beginnings to hold her back from success. She worked seven jobs to afford her education, graduating from the University of Michigan with her BA in political science.

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