CHICAGO — Mayor Lori Lightfoot gave a farewell speech to the city Monday afternoon as Mayor-elect Brandon Johnson prepares to officially take office on Monday, May 15.
Lightfoot delivered her remarks on Monday from the Broader Urban Involvement & Leadership Development, or BUILD, headquarters in Chicago’s Austin neighborhood. The organization is a “nationally respected gang intervention, violence prevention, and youth development organization,” according to their website.
Watch Mayor Lightfoot’s entire farewell speech in the video player below.
Lightfoot, a former federal prosecutor who had never before run for political office, became the city’s first black female and first openly gay mayor when she defeated another black woman, Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle, in 2019.
She joined Chicago’s top prosecutor and police chief as black leaders in a city that continues to struggle with race relations.
Mayor Lightfoot had a record of achievements that included pushing through a $15 minimum wage that labor unions had sought for years and approval of a long-sought casino that’s expected to bring millions in revenue and thousands of jobs. She also had budgeted over $3 million to protect access to abortion, including for people who travel to Chicago from states where the procedure is illegal.
Though Lightfoot ran for reelection, she lost her bid for a second term when she failed to get enough votes to make it into the city’s April 2023 run-off election.
It has been the honor of a lifetime to serve the greatest city in the world. Thank you, Chicago. pic.twitter.com/N3Jum3HVyI— Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot (@chicagosmayor) May 8, 2023
Mayor-elect Brandon Johnson’s inauguration will take place next Monday at Credit Union 1 Arena, making him Chicago’s 57th mayor.
The Associated Press contributed to this article.