By Nick Baum
WEDNESDAY – 4/3/19
After a historic runoff in the Chicago Mayoral Election between Lori Lightfoot and Toni Preckwinkle, both of whom are black women and Democrats, Lightfoot, who is openly gay, won the election by a landslide. The 56-year-old addressed supporters at her victory party, “We may be strangers but in this room, in this city we are all neighbors.”
Before running for mayor, Lightfoot was an assistant US attorney, but had never held public office before. Her opponent Preckwinkle was also seen by many as a formidable candidate for mayor; She was a former alderman and was President of the Cook County Board, the same county that Chicago is in and the second most populous in the country.
Lightfoot will be sworn in on May, replacing two-term mayor Rahm Emanuel, who was eligible to run for reelection but decided not to. Some pollsters suggested that the big win came from Preckwinkle’s hiring of Ed Burke to a $100,000 job with the county, who was later charged with attempted extortion by the FBI.
Sources and Pictures: Chicago Tribune, CNN, The New York Times, Wikipedia