Published: Wed, April 03, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Lori Lightfoot Wins Chicago Mayoral Race, Will Fill Rahm Emanuel’s Spot

Lori Lightfoot Wins Chicago Mayoral Race, Will Fill Rahm Emanuel’s Spot

Lightfoot, a former federal prosecutor who'd never been elected to public office, defeated Cook County Board President and longtime City Council member Toni Preckwinkle on Tuesday with backing from voters across the city.

Lori Lightfoot made history in Chicago on Tuesday (2 April) when she won mayoral elections by a landslide.

Lightfoot's first order of business is stamping out Chicago's deep-seated corruption while helping low-income, working-class families.

Lori Lightfoot, 56, who had served as an assistant USA attorney before entering private practice as an attorney, emerged as the surprising leader in the first round of voting in February when 14 candidates were on the ballot. She added the city can build trust between the city's residents and "its courageous police".

Web designer Mary Farrelly, 30, in the city's north side said she did not like that Preckwinkle imposed a soda tax on Cook County in 2017 and supported Lightfoot. "They're watching us. And they're seeing the beginning of something, well, a little bit different", Lightfoot told the crowd on Tuesday with a wry smile.

"My whole career has been about change, and change is action and results, not simply words", said Preckwinkle, who asserts her experience makes her better positioned to lead a city with financial problems and poorer neighborhoods that are racked by gun violence.

She served as president of the Chicago Police Board from 2015 to 2018 and was co-chair of the Chicago Police Accountability Task Force in 2016. Lightfoot also will take over the worst-funded public pensions of any major USA city.

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Truly Gannon, a 39-year old mother of four who works as a dietitian, said she wasn't bothered by stories that portrayed Preckwinkle as an insider aligned with questionable politicians like Burke.

The campaign between the two women got off to a contentious start, with Preckwinkle's advertising focusing on Lightfoot's work as a partner at Mayer Brown, one of the nation's largest law firms, and tagging her as a "wealthy corporate lawyer".

"I'm not sure Lightfoot would be able to handle the job like Preckwinkle, " she said.

Lightfoot and Preckwinkle earned spots on the ballot after they garnered the most votes among 14 candidates in a February election.

In Lori's LGBTQ policy framework, she outlines increasing LGBTQ representation in government by appointing mayoral LGBTQ liaisons, bolstering safety and justice for the trans community by improving police training and thoroughly investigating hate crimes, and addressing the needs of Chicago's LGBTQ community by creating youth drop-in centers and expanding housing options for seniors and veterans. She will have just a few months to prepare a new budget, which in 2020 is expected to have a roughly $250 million deficit.

Lightfoot is a 1980 graduate of Washington High School.

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