Latest Fact-checks on Lori Lightfoot Lori Lightfoot stated on December 31, 2021 in a year-end press release.: "Chicago maintained the lowest unemployment rate through most of 2021 of any large American city." Lori Lightfoot stated on June 28, 2021 in remarks at a press conference: Cook County’s criminal courts “have been shut down for 15 months.” Lori Lightfoot stated on April 7, 2020 in remarks at a news conference: “Illinois lags way behind all of our neighbors and certainly we’re in the bottom tier of states that are doing testing." Lori Lightfoot stated on September 25, 2019 in remarks at a town hall: "Teachers in Chicago Public Schools are paid some of the highest compensation of any school system in the country." Lori Lightfoot stated on August 30, 2019 in an interview: "We’ve got 600-plus police and fire pensions Downstate that are on the cusp of insolvency because they don’t have the revenues that they need to be able to keep those pensions going." Lori Lightfoot stated on May 30, 2019 in a TV interview: Says there were "rumors floating around" that Chicago police union officials were "telling their officers, ‘don’t do anything. Over Memorial Day weekend, don’t intercede. If you see some criminal activity, just lay back, do nothing.’" Lori Lightfoot stated on March 5, 2019 in a tweet: Says the percentage of officers the Chicago Police Board fired after hearing their cases or who chose to resign prior to a board hearing roughly doubled during her tenure. Lori Lightfoot stated on November 19, 2018 in a debate appearance: Says Chicagoans "live in one of the most taxed cities and the most taxed county, unfortunately, in the country." Lori Lightfoot stated on May 20, 2018 in a radio interview: "We are the only metropolitan area in the country that’s losing population."