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Monday, May 20, 2019 at 9:02 AM
Carol Marin Discusses Lightfoot's Inauguration

Carol Marin Discusses Lightfoot's Inauguration

NBC 5 Political Editor Carol Marin discusses Chicago Mayor-elect Lori Lightfoot's rise to power ahead of her inauguration as the city's first openly gay, black female mayor.  Watch »

Monday, May 20, 2019 at 2:16 PM

Live Blog: Lori Lightfoot Sworn in as Chicago's 56th Mayor

Monday marked the beginning of a new era in Chicago history, as Mayor Lori Lightfoot was sworn into office as the city's first-ever black female mayor and its first openly-LGBTQ mayor. Read »

Monday, May 20, 2019 at 5:42 PM

Lightfoot Sworn in as Chicago's 1st Black Female Mayor

Chicago Mayor-elect Lori Lightfoot was sworn into office Monday as the city's 56th mayor - and one unlike any before her. Read »

Monday, May 20, 2019 at 3:04 AM

Mayor-Elect Lori Lightfoot 'Feels Ready' as Inauguration Nears

Less than 24 hours before she takes the oath of office, Chicago’s Mayor-elect Lori Lightfoot has been busy welcoming friends, family, and well-wishers ahead of her big day. Read »

Friday, May 17, 2019 at 10:18 PM

Lightfoot Lays Groundwork for 1st Days in Office

Mayor-elect Lori Lightfoot’s transition team presented an ambitious agenda on Friday, outlining numerous reform efforts that the new mayor will hope to tackle when she takes office on Monday. Read »

Friday, May 17, 2019 at 4:51 PM

Pritzker Compiles $41.5B Infrastructure Plan, Tax Increases

Pritzker Compiles $41.5B Infrastructure Plan, Tax Increases

Gov. J.B. Pritzker has compiled a $41.5 billion state capital-construction plan to rebuild and maintain roads, schools and affordable housing, make environmental improvements and more. Read »

Friday, May 17, 2019 at 6:13 PM

Friday Marks Emanuel's Final Business Day as Chicago Mayor

Friday marks the end of an era in Chicago, as it's Mayor Rahm Emanuel's final business day before leaving office. Read »

Friday, May 17, 2019 at 6:56 AM

Activists Want Pot Revenue for Communities Hit by Drug Crime

Activists rallied outside the Illinois Capitol to demand a revenue stream from marijuana sales to communities affected by violence spurred by illegal drug activity. Read »

Thursday, May 16, 2019 at 7:14 PM

Buttigieg Addresses City Club of Chicago

South Bend mayor and Democratic hopeful Pete Buttigieg spoke at the City Club of Chicago on Thursday, hitting on themes of freedom and rights as he looks to inspire a new generation of voters. Read »

Thursday, May 16, 2019 at 1:26 PM

12 of Chicago's 50 Aldermen Will Be New to City Council

12 of Chicago's 50 Aldermen Will Be New to City Council

When Chicago Mayor-elect Lori Lightfoot is inaugurated Monday, all 50 Chicago aldermen will take their oath of office as well, and there will be plenty of new faces being sworn in. Read »

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