On Tuesday, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot, a Democrat, lost her re-election bid which has led to many of her critics celebrating her loss. During Lightfoot’s time in office, the crime rates in Chicago had reached a new high. This was heavily criticized by her opponents’ who pointed out that in 2021 the homicide rates in Chicago had reached a 25-year high and ended up surpassing cities like New York and Los Angeles, both of which have high crime rates.
Lightfoot was known for not having a good relationship with police enforcement in her city, as the police department has lost a large number of officers in the last few years while the crime rates in the city have increased.
Lightfoot was facing eight challengers but failed to make it to the runoff election, finishing in third place. Only the top 2 voted candidates make it to the runoff election.
Chicago Public Schools CEO and city budget director Paul Vallas and Cook County Board of Commissioners member Brandon Johnson are going to face each other in the April 4 runoff election. The runoff election is the result of no candidate surpassing the 50 percent threshold required for one of them to win the election.
Following Lightfoot’s defeat many of her critics took to Social Media to express their happiness that Chicago would now have new leadership.