Cullerton introduces Chicago mayor-elect in Senate

lightfootOn the heels of a new era beginning in Illinois this year with a new governor, the City of Chicago has set a new course as well by electing Lori Lightfoot as its incoming mayor. Lightfoot is already reaching out to the General Assembly and was introduced by President John Cullerton in the Senate Thursday afternoon.

In her comments, Lightfoot spoke to cooperation and shared concerns, saying solutions forged together should have resonance across the entire state. She is open and eager to work together.

Lightfoot grew up in a union household and, having seen workers lose their pensions due to financial mismanagement, said she believes pensions are a promise and wants to work together to ensure these commitments.


She also spoke in favor of the proposed fair tax constitutional amendment.

“I commend this body for taking steps to move forward with a fair tax,” the mayor-elect said. “I look forward to working with you on this bold change to establish a fair tax to be sure every Illinoisan pays their fair share.”

Lightfoot also touched on transportation and the public health crisis of violence as more issues on which her office and Springfield can work cooperatively on these and other items that are concerns statewide.

“I’m confident we’ll rise to the occasion because that’s what people expect – and rightfully so,” Lightfoot concluded.

Listen to Lightfoot's remarks here.

Sen. President Cullerton

6th Senate District
President of the Senate

Years served: 1979 - 1991 (House); 1991 - 2020 (Senate)

Committee assignments: Committee of the Whole; Executive.

Biography: Attorney; born Oct. 28, 1948, in Chicago; B.A., political science, Loyola University; J.D., Loyola University Law School; served in Illinois National Guard, 1970-76; former Assistant Public Defender and instructor at the National Institute for Trial Advocacy; married (wife, Pamela), has five children.

Associated Representatives:
Sara Feigenholtz
Ann M. Williams