Illinois Insights An Update from Cozen O’Connor (6/8)
June 8, 2022
June 8, 2022
Gov. J.B. Pritzker Tuesday signed a package of legislation aimed at improving access to higher education and closing the equity gap for students from disadvantaged communities.
More information on the new bills is here.
Mayor Lori Lightfoot formally announced her bid for reelection on Wednesday, putting an end to months of speculation on her political future.
Chicago ’s next mayoral election is slated for February 2023, and the race is expected to be fierce and costly. Polling indicates Lightfoot faces an uphill battle to a second term, and she faces competition from a growing list of declared contenders, including former Chicago Public Schools CEO Paul Vallas, Ald. Ray Lopez, Ald. Roderick Sawyer, local businessman Willie Wilson, veteran cop Frederick Collins, and state Rep. Kam Buckner. Former Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn and current Chicago Ald. Brian Hopkins are also reportedly polling for potential mayoral runs.
Top campaign issues will likely include addressing rising crime rates and police reform, Chicago ’s economic future, and education.
Read the full briefing here.
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