Lori Lightfoot resigns as Police Board president, setting stage for mayoral run

Posted5/7/2018 5:38 PM

Chicago Police Board President Lori Lightfoot resigned Monday from the nine-member board that will decide the fate of Chicago Police Officer Robert Rialmo, setting the stage for Lightfoot to challenge the mayor who appointed and reappointed her.

Lightfoot, 55, could not be reached for comment on her reasons for resigning or the timing of her decision. She already has hired a pollster, a political consultant, a fundraiser and a firm to handle her direct mail.


In her resignation letter, Lightfoot kept it short and sweet.

"I hereby resign from my roles as the President and member of the Chicago Police Board," Lightfoot wrote to the mayor.

"As I step away from the Police Board, I will continue my efforts to be a passionate advocate for issues that are critical to uplifting the quality of life for all Chicagoans. It has been my great honor to serve on the Board and to tackle the many issues that came before us during my tenure."

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