Mayor Lori Lightfoot Presides Over First City Council Meeting & Lays Out 100-Days Ethics Agenda

Today, Lori Lightfoot presided over her first City Council meeting since being sworn in as Mayor. Among other administrative items and allowing a public comment period, the City Council approved changes to their operational rules and approved new committee leadership, as proposed by Mayor Lightfoot. According to the press release provided by the Mayor’s Office, the specific rule changes are:

  • Broadcast proceedings of all City Council and City Council Committee meetings be livestreamed and that meeting recordings also be available online.
  • Ensure that Aldermen with conflicts of interest not only recuse themselves from voting, but also recuse themselves from participating in or presiding over debate of the item in question.
  • Require that materials provided to a Committee Chair during a Committee meeting be made public on the Office of the City Clerk’s website.

Additionally, Mayor Lightfoot outlined details about her agenda during a speech at the City Club of Chicago on Tuesday – tying her key initiatives back to her goal of ending a culture of corruption. The full text of her speech can be read here.

Additional Coverage:
Chicago Tribune: Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot lays out 100-day ethics agenda: ‘Change is necessary’
Chicago Sun-Times: Lightfoot proposes new operating rules for City Council
Crain’s Chicago Business: Lightfoot pushes $15 minimum wage, more local control over police (includes full text of speech)