Mayor-Elect Lightfoot Discusses Plan For Work-Life Balance

Craig Dellimore
April 08, 2019 - 7:47 am
Lori Lightfoot

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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Mayor-elect Lori Lightfoot said her family is girding itself for a very different situation as far as visibility is concerned. She talked with WBBM Newsradio about a new life in the spotlight.

As Chicago’s first African-American, female mayor, and the first openly gay one, Lori Lightfoot knows her private life will be public, to a degree. So she and her wife, Amy Eschelman have talked in length about how to protect family time, and especially the childhood of their 11-year-old daughter.

And how is Amy, a former Chicago Public Library official taking all this new notoriety? The mayor-elect said that is an interesting question.

"It's a conversation that is ongoing," Lightfoot said. "She is a private person. She didn't seek out the spotlight. She recognizes that she will have a public presence and we have been talking about issues and projects that she wants to work on."

Lightfoot said Mayor Emanuel offered her valuable advice on maintaining the balance of the job and family life, and she said she is very grateful for that. 

She said they will find the right “rhythm” of public activity.