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Lori Lightfoot Mayoral Inauguration 

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North Lawndale resident Trina Kim Townsend (maroon jacket) was the first in line for general admission. She arrived at Wintrust Arena at 5:15 AM. “They said that the lines would be around the corner, so I decided yesterday, I would need to be here early.”
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Rashonda Hudson (in black hat) arrived second in line at 5:40 AM from Beverly. “I voted for Lightfoot because I’m ready for change,” she said. “Bring on the light.”
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This security dog's job included sniffing the bags of members of the media and other inauguration attendees.
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Baritone singer Jeremy Treadwell led the Chicago Gay Men's Chorus in the song "No Day But Today" from the musical Rent.
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The Chicago's Gay Men's Chorus welcomed inauguration attendees with a set of songs about revolution, acceptance, and love.
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Ann Lightfoot (center, in pink), Mayor Lightfoot's mother
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Thousands filled the seats of the Wintrust Arena.
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The After School Matters Choir
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The Puerto Rican Arts Alliance
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Flags
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Mayor-elect Lori Lightfoot and her family
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Mayor-elect Lori Lightfoot, her wife, Amy Eshleman, and their daughter, Vivian
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Officials assembled for the national anthem
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Officials assembled for the national anthem
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A serenade for Lightfoot
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Anna Valencia was sworn in as the new City Clerk of Chicago by Cook County Associate Judge Mary C. Marubio.
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Federal, state, and local officials
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Mayoral families
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Outgoing Mayor Rahm Emanuel
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Mayor-elect Lightfoot preparing to be sworn in
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Mayor-elect Lightfoot preparing to be sworn in
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Mayor Lightfoot's speech focused on reform.
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Mayor Lightfoot gave a tribute to her mother, Ann.
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Mayor Lightfoot gave a tribute to her mother, Ann, and thanked her family.
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Lightfoot said her mother and late father always told her that she could be "anything I wanted to be."
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Attendees weren't shy about expressing their support for Lightfoot.
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Attendees weren't shy about expressing their support for Lightfoot.
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Attendees weren't shy about expressing their support for Lightfoot.
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Attendees weren't shy about expressing their support for Lightfoot.
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Attendees weren't shy about expressing their support for Lightfoot.
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Crowds filled in seats, high and low, at the Wintrust Arena.
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Attendees weren't shy about expressing their support for Lightfoot.
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Lightfoot is the 56th mayor of Chicago.
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Mayor Lori Lightfoot
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Mayor Lightfoot and her family
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Lightfoot is the city's first openly LGBTQ mayor.
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Mayor Lightfoot and her family
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The Emerald Society of the Chicago Police Department led the departure from Wintrust Arena, marking the end of the inauguration.
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The mayor and her wife posed with attendees at an open house at City Hall.
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Eli's Cheescake helped mark the historic inauguration with free slices of cheesecake to people after they met with the first family at City Hall.
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Hundreds stood in line waiting for their chance to meet the new mayor at City Hall.
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Certain elevators were designated to control the number of people who went up to meet the new mayor and first lady on Inauguration Day at City Hall.
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Olivia Obineme
North Lawndale resident Trina Kim Townsend (maroon jacket) was the first in line for general admission. She arrived at Wintrust Arena at 5:15 AM. “They said that the lines would be around the corner, so I decided yesterday, I would need to be here early.”