Lori Lightfoot made history yesterday by winning her grassroots campaign to succeed Rahm Emanuel and become the Windy City’s first Black female mayor — as well as Chicago’s first openly gay leader. The 56-year-old former federal prosecutor, who had never held elected office, handily defeated Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle, who was tainted by a recent corruption scandal.
What will change? As the former head of the Chicago Police Board, Lightfoot has promised to boost training for the force to minimize misconduct.
Read this OZY profile of Pittsburgh’s progressive mayor.