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.