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Commissioner Mona Noriega to retire, Mayor Lightfoot issues statement
2020-02-07

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From Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot, a statement on the retirement of Mona Noriega, Chicago Commissioner of Human Relations:

Since her work as an activist in the 1970s, Commissioner Mona Noriega has built a remarkable career dedicated to advancing equality and justice here in Chicago and across the United States. As head of the City of Chicago's Commission on Human Relations for nearly a decade, Mona leaves behind a proud legacy of strengthening protections against racial and LGBTQ+ discrimination and sexual harassment. Because of her leadership, Chicago also expanded civil rights protections into new areas such as credit history, criminal history and military status. Mona led the charge to eliminate requiring government-issued identification when accessing public spaces that are private in nature, requirements that adversely impacted transgender and gender non-binary individuals.

I have personally known Mona for many years as a stalwart figure in the fight for equality rights, and I am deeply grateful for her passion and grace in standing up for every Chicagoan, no matter the cost. Though I am sorry to no longer have her as a member of my cabinet, I wish Mona, her wife Evette, and their family all the happiness in the world as she begins her well-earned retirement and embarks on this next chapter in life.


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