Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot: “I’m not going to speculate about what their motivations are”

This part in particular stood out:

The teachers’ union might say that its larger aspirations are to increase funding for schools and to achieve goals like police reform so students are not criminalized.

I’m not going to speculate about what their motivations are, but I don’t believe that’s correct. I mean, if you look at their spending, there’s a real clear indication of what their larger ambitions are.

Which are what?

I think, ultimately, they’d like to take over not only Chicago Public Schools, but take over running the city government. That’ll play itself out over time. I don’t really spend time, and certainly not in the middle of a pandemic, worrying about the politics. But politics intrudes, always.

Source: Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot on What She Learned From Battling the Teachers’ Union – The New York Times