Mayor-elect Lightfoot thanks voters, joins Preckwinkle at unity rally

Mayor-elect Lightfoot thanks voters, joins Preckwinkle at unity rally

Mayor-elect Lightfoot thanks voters, joins Preckwinkle at unity rally

After Lori Lightfoot cruised to a landslide victory in the race for mayor, following an often bitter and divisive campaign against Toni Preckwinkle, the mayor-elect and her former rival joined for a show of unity, and pledged to work together to advance a progressive agenda in Chicago and Cook County.

Lightfoot will also become the city's first openly gay mayor, and will make Chicago the largest city to be led by an openly gay mayor. She was matched up in the runoff against Toni Preckwinkle, a former schoolteacher who served on the Chicago City Council for 19 years before becoming Cook County Board president in 2011.

McDonald was a 17-year-old boy shot dead by police in a 2014 encounter caught on police dash cam video.

Lightfoot ran on a platform that included legalizing recreational marijuana, progressive municipal taxation, combating gun violence, and reining in excessive force by police.

"I feel like she (Lightfoot) has a better take on not taxing us", Farrelly said while walking her dog.

The new mayor said that she meant to lead in a different direction than outgoing Mayor Rahm Emanuel - who famously eschewed federal funding over DACA and declared Chicago to be a "Trump-free zone".

Van Dyke was convicted and sentenced to almost seven years in prison.


Lori Lightfoot's swallowed the competition whole, riding her electoral platform to a whopping 73.7 percentage in the polls, almost 25 % of the voter's share split amongst a host of runner ups.

Yet, amid the celebration, Lightfoot has faced criticism for her record as a federal prosecutor.

Reforming the police department, which has a sordid history of abusive tactics, and city hall, which is mired in a federal corruption probe of one of its members, were priorities for voters, McKenzie said. She will join seven other black women now serving as mayors in major USA cities, including Atlanta and New Orleans. "What's also historic for me is she reached out very successfully to the white ethnic community, where you have traditional Polish, German, Irish-type people".

"I think it's worth noting that we outlined some of the same challenges, particularly investments in our neighborhoods, many of whom have struggled for decades with disinvestment and neglect", she said.

"I'm not sure Lightfoot would be able to handle the job like Preckwinkle, " she said. Chance the Rapper, a Chicago native, also endorsed her. "You created a movement for change", Lightfoot said. Only one woman, Jane Byrne, has held the mayor's office, from 1979 to 1983.

Outgoing Mayor Rahm Emanuel did not seek re-election, which left 14 candidates vying for the position.

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