Mayor Lightfoot Holds Press Conference in PUSH Headquarters

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LightfootWinner of the mayoral race of 2019, Lori Lightfoot, and her former opponent, Tori Preckwinkle, held a press conference on Wednesday, April 3. The conference was held in the Operation PUSH National Headquarters on the South side of Chicago beginning at 10:15 a.m., and ending in prayer at 11:40 a.m. The two women were also seen earlier in the day in Downtown Chicago at the intersection of Clark and Lake, meeting and shaking hands with Chicago residents.

Mayor Lightfoot and Ms. Preckwinkle called a meeting Wednesday morning to address the public about the mayoral election, and to answer any questions they may have. During this time, compliments between the two women were exchanged, and they took a pledge to work together within their respective government positions. Moving forward Lightfoot expressed her desires for Chicago. She wishes to execute plans she proposed before becoming mayor to set the city on a different course.

Lightfoot was determined to run for mayor after a former investigative reporter for NBC, Renee Ferguson’s, late husband, Ken Smikle, encouraged her to do so. Whenever the two would see each other, Lightfoot would vocalize her dissatisfaction with former mayor, Rahm Emanuel’s, actions (or lack thereof) concerning finances in Chicago. Smikle told her that it was imperative that she run for mayor so that she could make changes herself, since Emanuel was ignoring her pleas for the money to be channeled differently. The day after Smikle’s death, she announced her candidacy.

Now that she has assumed the position, Lightfoot is striving to direct the money from the government to the proper places such as housing in low-income areas. However, some say that she is not fit for her position, considering the fact that she is not native to Chicago. Lightfoot has not addressed this issue in the conference, nor has she expressed if she intends to run again next term, or run for a different office, like former mayor, Richard Daley has decided to do. Confidential sources report that Daley is strongly considering running for President of the United States in the upcoming Presidential election.

Although Lightfoot has yet to confirm all of her future plans for Chicago, she has expressly stated that she has only the best intentions for the city. No further information has been disclosed.

Written by Trinity Oglesby


Press Conference, April 3, 2016

Interview: Renee Ferguson, April 3, 2016

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