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„The prosperity is not being spread among nearly enough people, whether it’s the number of kids (who) are living in poverty, the generational unemployment that makes some of our neighborhoods look like we’re living in the Third World, the number canada goose outlet usa of ex offenders that keep pouring back into the city and particularly economically distressed neighborhoods (that) are least able to provide them with the resources and support that they need so they aren’t another recidivism statistic,“ she said.

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On Tuesday, Emanuel did not respond when asked whether he regretted giving Lightfoot such a high profile platform from canada goose outlet mall which canada goose outlet boston to criticize him on police reform issues. A campaign spokesman later said that „while others are trying to find a political path, the mayor is focused on Chicago’s path forward.“

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Lightfoot’s education ideas run counter to Chicago Public Schools’ decades of focus on building magnet, selective enrollment and charter canada goose vest outlet schools. She decried canada goose outlet uk fake the fact that some kids have to get up early, hop on public transportation and travel to different parts of the city „just to get a quality education.“

While not offering specifics on what she’d do differently, Lightfoot also says there’s a need to change the city’s tax structure, citing Emanuel’s reliance on fees and fines to balance the budget.

„You’ve got to be focused on not increasing any kind of burdens on low and middle income people who are least able to afford it, because if canada goose outlet vancouver you don’t do that, you have what’s happening now: an exodus of those kinds of families, those kinds of communities, from the city of Chicago,“ she said.

Lightfoot will have to expand her limited name recognition a reality she acknowledged by way of anecdote.

Canada Goose sale „I was coming back from a trip recently, and I got into the back of a cab,“ she said. The driver „looked at me, and he said, ‘Are you Miss Lorifoot?’ And of course I cracked up laughing, but we had this fantastic conversation. Part of a process is to get yourself known to voters.“ Canada Goose sale

Lightfoot said that after her campaign canada goose outlet parka announcement, she expects there will be a period of time before Emanuel, who’s already raised more than $7 million, and other candidates start airing TV ads.

„I’m going to be using that time aggressively to be out there and to continue to frankly canada goose outlet buffalo do what I’ve been doing for the last two years, which is meeting people where they are, listening to them and talking about my story, why it makes me passionate to be an advocate and hearing that they feel like they need to improve the quality of their lives,“ Lightfoot said.

buy canada goose jacket Grew up poorLightfoot, 55, said her father’s parents were sharecroppers in Arkansas and her mom „grew up in the hills of Alabama.“ Both families ended up moving to a small city about 50 miles south of Cleveland, and her parents met as teenagers at an Urban League dance. buy canada goose jacket

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The pneumonia developed into spinal meningitis and left him in a nearly yearlong coma. Doctors, Lightfoot said, counseled her mother not to waste money on medicine, saying her father wouldn’t make it. He did but was left deaf from the illness.

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Her father eked out a living as a janitor, barber and handyman. Her mom worked too, first at mental hospitals and nursing homes, then as a home health care aide. But her mother, Ann, stressed education, impressing on her that „the only thing that can hold you back is you: not your gender, not our financial situation, not our race. And you work hard, and you will be rewarded.“

Lightfoot took that to heart. In high school, she was the first black class president. She graduated from the University of Michigan, working and taking out loans to pay the bills, and went to law school at University of Chicago on a full ride.

canada goose store She noted that not all went as planned in her family. Her brother, Brian, spent much of his life in and out of jail and prison, including a 17 year stint on cocaine and drug related charges. canada goose store

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Lightfoot is married to Amy Eshleman, a former Chicago Public Library assistant commissioner, and the couple have a 10 year old daughter.

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