Lori Lightfoot answers questions, gets advice on Chicago’s crime problems on D.C. tour


On her second day in Washington, D.C., Chicago Mayor-elect Lori Lightfoot returned to the White House, spoke about Chicago’s crime problems with the Congressional Black Caucus and pitched a top congressional leader on Chicago’s infrastructure needs. Lightfoot also encouraged the CBC’s members during a closed-door meeting to visit Chicago during next year’s Democratic National Convention in Milwaukee.

“Once I take office, my responsibility is to be the chief ambassador for our great city and make sure that people really know the true nature of what’s happening in Chicago and not just screaming headlines that may be tweeted out by a certain someone,” Lightfoot said at an evening news conference, making a clear reference to President Donald Trump.

Lightfoot sidestepped questions about U.S. Rep. Bobby Rush, who wasn’t present for her talk before the black caucus and who has been critical of her in the past.

The mayor-elect’s second day in the nation’s capital featured less high-profile meetings than her first, when she sat down with Ivanka Trump and Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Much of Lightfoot’s schedule focused on infrastructure issues, as she sat down with the Department of Transportation’s under secretary and U.S. Rep. Peter DeFazio, who is chairman of the House transportation committee.

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May 8, 2019 at 07:42PM

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