Your NPR news source
Brandon Johnson in black suit behind podium with U.S. flag in background

Mayor Brandon Johnson speaks during a news conference after presiding over a Chicago City Council meeting at City Hall on March 20, 2024.

Anthony Vazquez

Brandon Johnson in black suit behind podium with U.S. flag in background

Mayor Brandon Johnson speaks during a news conference after presiding over a Chicago City Council meeting at City Hall on March 20, 2024.

Anthony Vazquez

What to know about Brandon Johnson’s first year as Chicago’s mayor

From phasing out subminimum wage for tipped workers to struggling to handle the migrant crisis, it’s been a confusing start to his term.

Mayor Brandon Johnson speaks during a news conference after presiding over a Chicago City Council meeting at City Hall on March 20, 2024.

Anthony Vazquez

   

Chicago Mayor Brandon Johnson is marking one year in office. He’s made substantial headway on his progressive to-do list, including phasing out subminimum wage for tipped workers, passing the most generous paid leave policy in the country, and laying the groundwork to open two of the city’s closed mental health clinics. However, his strained relationship with some members of city council, his struggles in handling the migrant crisis, and his endorsement of the Chicago Bears’ new stadium have left some Chicago residents concerned.

Reset hears highlights, missteps, and the mayor's own reflections from his first year in office.

GUESTS: Mariah Woelfel, WBEZ city government and politics reporter

Tessa Weinberg, WBEZ city government and politics reporter

More From This Show
WBEZ reporters covering migrants in Colombia and the U.S. detail the vastly different integration efforts in the two countries.
Mayor Johnson explores making reparations a reality in Chicago, and cooling centers close for Juneteenth holiday during record-breaking heat wave.