Having Lori Lightfoot as Mayor of Chicago would be a historic first.
She is a politically progressive African American gay woman.
Identity is important. So are politics, policy and program.
And Mayor Lightfoot wouldn’t be an embarrassment.
In the wake of the federal charges against Alderman Eddie Burke and the exposure of his financial ties and contributions to the leading candidates Preckwinkle, Mendoza, Chico and Daley, the issue of a mayoral embarrassment is not small potatoes.
And as Harold Washington taught me, civic corruption is not only a moral issue. It is a tax on the citizens of our city.
In Chicago we pay a high corruption tax.
The connection between the four leading candidates and Burke has been well documented over the past several days.
It is not good enough to say, as some progressive supporters of Toni Preckwinkle have said, that she wasn’t the one charged with a crime.
She is the Chair of the Cook County Democratic Party and controls the reins of power and she runs it like it has always been run: From behind closed doors and in support of those like Burke and Joe Berrios.
Preckwinkle, Mendoza, Daley and Chico are all Machine Democrats.
Is Lori Lightfoot electable?
Can anyone who has observed politics over the past few years make a claim about who is electable and who is not?