WASHINGTON — While Congress clashes with President Trump over subpoenas and other matters, Chicago Mayor-elect Lori Lightfoot looks to secure resources for the city and network on day three of her visit to Washington.
Nearly ever member of the Chicago Congressional delegation was at a Thursday morning meeting with Lightfoot.
“It’s my responsibility, which I fully embrace, to be the number one advocate and cheerleader for the city, to make sure that I’m educating people about the good things that are happening,” Lightfoot said.
Lightfoot made stops on the Senate side of the Capitol for conversations with Senators Dick Durbin, Tammy Duckworth and others in the Illinois Congressional delegation. They discussed infrastructure, affordable housing and the importance of the census.
“We want Mayor Lightfoot to succeed because we want Chicago and Illinois to succeed,” Durbin said.
“We are on her team we will do whatever we can to support her,” Duckworth said.
Lightfoot also visited the Democratic Club to talk party concerns.
“I think she’s making her mark, quite frankly. I think that people are impressed,” Robin Kelly said. “That’s the comments I’ve heard from my colleagues.”
Before she takes office on May 20th, Lightfoot will continue to study Chicago’s complicated challenges. She says she’s learned new information about the pension funding problem.
“Mayor Emanuel’s financial team has been working with us to help us really understand the magnitude of the challenge,” Lightfoot said. “It’s much more substantial than has been socialized with the public or in the media. So we’ve got to look creatively at a range of different options.”
The mayor-elect says public safety is her top priority. After hearing suggestions from people here in Washington, next week Lightfoot will announce her public safety plan.