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Black, lesbian, and Chicago's mayor

Chicago, the third largest city in the USA, for the first time ruled by a lesbian woman. The Democrat, Lori Lightfoot took office on Monday, and promised to dev

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Black, lesbian, and Chicago's mayor

Chicago, the third largest city in the USA, for the first time ruled by a lesbian woman. The Democrat, Lori Lightfoot took office on Monday, and promised to devote himself to the fight against corruption, and force of arms.

As a first order of business, she ensured that members of the city Council have for the future Makes less. Lightfoot is the first black woman appointed to the office is.

"hasn't been called for many Years, Chicago is ready for reform," said Lightfoot at the time of their inauguration in a large sports arena. Now, however, reforms had to be taken, she added, and mentioned particularly in the areas of corruption, police, and economic inequality.

gun violence is weak in Chicago, especially in income, predominantly Black-inhabited districts of a Problem. Last year alone, more than 550 people were killed.

Surprising victory

Lightfoot had won the mayoral election in April as a surprise. In the past, the political landscape of Chicago from an insider was collusion among democratic party officials. In the city Council, the distribution of power had led for a long time, problems with corruption, currently two members of the Council in the various proceedings before the court.

As a first order of business, Lightfoot issued, therefore, a which restricts the Power of the members of the Council. In her inaugural speech, she spoke directly to the members of Parliament and other elected representatives and urged them to stand in her way.

For citizens as well as experts Lightfoots election is a milestone. Evan McKenzie, political lecturer at the University of Illinois at Chicago, spoke of the most important mayoral election since Harold Washington. Elected in 1983 as the first Black in the office.

The Pensioner Wanda Dillard, one of the guests at Lightfoots inauguration, told the news Agency AFP, in view of the relations between Black and White in Chicago Lightfoots choice was "wonderful" and a sign of hope. (chk/sda)

Created: 21.05.2019, 02:30 PM

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