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'Clearly a mistake': Chicago Mayor Lightfoot pins blame on 'young staffer' for emails asking teachers to incentivize students to volunteer on reelection campaign

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On Thursday, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot (D) pointed blame at "a young staffer" for a recent scandal regarding political outreach emails sent to local teachers that encouraged them to ask students to volunteer on Lightfoot's reelection campaign in exchange for class credit, WTTW reported. Despite previous statements from the mayor's campaign defending the move as "common practice," Lightfoot backpedaled, calling the emails "clearly a mistake."

What's the background?

WTTW broke the story on Wednesday that Lightfoot's deputy campaign manager sent emails to Chicago Public Schools teachers pressuring them to ask students to help the mayor win her upcoming reelection campaign by volunteering 12 hours per week in exchange for class credit.

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