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Chicago's new mayor wants to bring unity

Thursday, April 6, 2023 16:40

Lightfoot, Johnson to begin transition of power Thursday

CHICAGO (WLS) — There will be a mayoral meeting Thursday.

Mayor-elect Brandon Johnson is heading to City Hall to meet with Mayor Lori Lightfoot.

The start of the transition of power is scheduled to take place Thursday afternoon at 13.30. Cameras are invited, for the most part.

This is their first official meeting since Johnson won Tuesday night's election.

Johnson and Lightfoot were political rivals for months as they both vied for mayor. Lightfoot missed his second term when he finished third on 28 February.

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As for the mayor-elect, he spoke Wednesday about the need to unify Chicago, concentrating on public safety and crime, and his desire to unify the City Council.

“What I want to see is that everyone can participate; I want to unite and bring people together. The kind of divisive nature that has divided our communities in ways that have damaged us so much, we're going to put an end to that,” Johnson said.

Johnson's victory caught the attention of many people, including President Joe Biden.

According to the White House, he called Johnson to congratulate him on his victory.

Johnson will make himself available to the media after the meeting.

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