Chicago’s Modern Mayors From Harold Washington to Lori Lightfoot – book discussion

Date / Time

January 23, 2024

6:00 pm - 7:00 pm


The University of Illinois Chicago UIC Library and the Chicago Collections Consortium host authors Dick Simpson and Betty O’Shaughnessy and contributor Clinton Stockwell, in conversation with historian Dominic Pacyga, as they share their in-depth analyses of the five mayors that guided the city through this transition beginning with Harold Washington’s 1983 election.

The event is free and open to the public on Zoom. Register by Jan. 22.

The Mayors are Washington, Eugene Sawyer, Richard M. Daley, Rahm Emmanuel, and Lori Lightfoot. Learn how the respected political science, sociologist, and journalist contributors approached their subjects from distinct perspectives, and discover how each essay addresses three essential issues: how and why each mayor won the office; whether the city council of their time acted as a rubber stamp or independent body; and the ways the unique qualities of each mayor’s administration and accomplishments influenced their legacy.

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