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Chicago Will Make History and Elect First Black Woman Mayor as Lightfoot and Preckwinkle Head to Runoff

Chicago Will Make History and Elect First Black Woman Mayor as Lightfoot and Preckwinkle Head to Runoff

Chicago will soon elect a Black woman as its Mayor for the first time in the city’s history. Lori Lightfoot and Toni Preckwinkle will face one another in an April 2nd runoff. Lightfoot took 17.5% of the vote and Preckwinkle took 16% of the vote yesterday. Lightfoot, who would also make history as the city’s first openly gay Mayor, is a former federal prosecutor and President of the Chicago Police Board. Both candidates have emphasized the need to reform the Chicago Police Department, but Lightfoot made it a touchstone of her campaign. "There's been nobody in the city that's been a more vocal, persistent, demanding advocate for police reform and accountability than I have," Lightfoot told the Chicago Tribune. Preckwinkle had been perceived as the front-runner. She brings nearly two decades of experience as a Hyde Park Alderman, and is the first woman and African American to head the Cook County Democratic Party. The former history teacher has also focused on the importance of offering a strong public school education. Endorsed by the Chicago Teachers Union, Preckwinkle backs a moratorium on school closings and charter school expansions. "It's clear we're at a defining moment in our city's history, but the challenges that our city faces are not simply ideological. It's not enough to say Chicago stands at a crossroads. We need to fight to change its course," Preckwinkle said. Former Barack Obama Chief of Staff Bill Daley came in third. More here.

Obamas Name Top Production Studio Team

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House Votes to Subpoena Records on Administration’s Child Separation Policy

House Votes to Subpoena Records on Administration’s Child Separation Policy