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Tue Apr 2, 2019, 08:29 PM

Lori Lightfoot wins, becoming Chicago's first African-American female mayor

Source: Chicago Tribune

Lori Lightfoot wins, becoming Chicago's first African-American female mayorAttorney Lori Lightfoot defeated Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle in Tuesday’s election, making her Chicago’s first African-American female mayor, according to unofficial returns.


Chicago Tribune staffContact Reporter
April 2, 2019

Attorney Lori Lightfoot defeated Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle in Tuesday’s election, making her Chicago’s first African-American female mayor, according to unofficial returns.

Lightfoot jumped out to an early lead over Preckwinkle, a longtime political power broker, and had what appeared to be an insurmountable lead.

Lightfoot, a former federal prosecutor making her first run for elected office, had 74 percent to Preckwinkle’s 26 percent, with 1,583 of 2,069 precincts reporting, according to unofficial vote totals.

The two candidates emerged from a record field of 14 candidates in the Feb. 26 first-round election for the chance to become Chicago’s 56th mayor.

Lightfoot becomes the third African-American to serve as mayor. Harold Washington was elected in 1983 as the city’s first black mayor and won re-election in 1987 before dying in officer later that year. Eugene Sawyer, the city’s second black mayor, was appointed to serve out Washington’s term until a 1989 special election.


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Reply Lori Lightfoot wins, becoming Chicago's first African-American female mayor (Original post)
Chicago1980 Apr 2019 OP
brooklynite Apr 2019 #1
RhodeIslandOne Apr 2019 #2
Wabbajack_ Apr 2019 #19
mopinko Apr 2019 #3
onetexan Apr 2019 #7
sheshe2 Apr 2019 #4
still_one Apr 2019 #5
Auggie Apr 2019 #15
mobeau69 Apr 2019 #6
stuffmatters Apr 2019 #8
Progressive Jones Apr 2019 #9
DesertRat Apr 2019 #10
nycbos Apr 2019 #11
Stellar Apr 2019 #12
former9thward Apr 2019 #13
mucifer Apr 2019 #14
ProfessorGAC Apr 2019 #16
LanternWaste Apr 2019 #17
smirkymonkey Apr 2019 #18
Judi Lynn Apr 2019 #20

Response to Chicago1980 (Original post)

Tue Apr 2, 2019, 08:35 PM

1. Too bad, I was hoping that the African-American Female would win...

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Response to Chicago1980 (Original post)

Tue Apr 2, 2019, 08:43 PM

2. Smollett Truthers are claiming victory on another multi-political board I frequent

Whatever. I'm sure either of these two women would be no one they would vote for, ever.

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Response to RhodeIslandOne (Reply #2)

Thu Apr 4, 2019, 12:00 PM

19. Do Smollett Truthers

Think he's innocent or guilty?

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Response to Chicago1980 (Original post)

Tue Apr 2, 2019, 08:46 PM

3. meet lori lightfoot.

this ad sewed it up for her, imho. it is adorable, and after being pelted w slime from preckwinkle, it just turned the page.

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Response to mopinko (Reply #3)

Tue Apr 2, 2019, 09:32 PM

7. precious!! and so cute!! :)

Love it!

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Response to Chicago1980 (Original post)

Tue Apr 2, 2019, 08:48 PM

4. Good for her and good for Chicago.

Brava!

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Response to sheshe2 (Reply #4)

Tue Apr 2, 2019, 08:49 PM

5. +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

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Response to sheshe2 (Reply #4)

Wed Apr 3, 2019, 07:34 AM

15. Indeed. Lightfoot has pledged to end corruption and cronyism ...

and revitalize poorer areas of the city.

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Response to Chicago1980 (Original post)

Tue Apr 2, 2019, 09:32 PM

6. Historic!

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Response to Chicago1980 (Original post)

Tue Apr 2, 2019, 09:56 PM

8. Wonderful, wonderful news.

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Response to Chicago1980 (Original post)

Tue Apr 2, 2019, 10:13 PM

9. This is fantastic!

I moved out of the city 18 years ago, but it's where my heart is. Old school politics has torn Chicago up.
This is a great break from "Da Machine"... Preckwinkle is in the top echelon of machine politics in Chicago/Cook County.
Change is here.
Work hard , Mayor Lightfoot. Chicago needs you.

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Response to Chicago1980 (Original post)

Tue Apr 2, 2019, 10:16 PM

10. Awesome! k&r

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Response to Chicago1980 (Original post)

Tue Apr 2, 2019, 10:21 PM

11. I was there. Many people were also wearing Harold Washington buttons.

Lori is the first candidate to defeat the machine since Washington.


I am originally form NY if you wonder what the Yankees logo is about.

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Response to Chicago1980 (Original post)

Tue Apr 2, 2019, 11:16 PM

12. Lightfoot won every single ward in the city of Chicago...

...even her opponents Preckwinkles ward.

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Response to Chicago1980 (Original post)

Wed Apr 3, 2019, 07:22 AM

13. The vote was an historic low turnout.

Only 32% voted. In 1983 when Harold Washington was elected the first Black mayor the turnout was 82%. Ironically the only wards in the city which had good turnouts were the white wards. The Hispanic ward where I working for the Board of Elections had a 14% turnout.

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Response to former9thward (Reply #13)

Wed Apr 3, 2019, 07:28 AM

14. Honestly, I believe it's because the two black women had almost the same platforms

They both are progressives. It's just that Toni has befriended some unethical politicians. Also, Toni has a lot of people who work for her constantly quitting. That is not good for a mayor.

I think the turnout would have been much higher if Suzanna Mendoza or Bill Daley were in run off.

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Response to former9thward (Reply #13)

Wed Apr 3, 2019, 08:47 AM

16. Surprising

The weather was OK, the media has been very active in covering the election, lots of face time for both on TV and only 32% showed up.
According to a judge I know in my small city about 60 miles away, the turnout was over 60% and there was nothing but alderman and park district seats up for vote. (A couple other things like water, streets, as well)

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Response to former9thward (Reply #13)

Wed Apr 3, 2019, 01:15 PM

17. And yet, she still won.

The important thing though, is to locate any gray linings of a silver cloud, regardless of how tangential, point them out and avoid analysis or examination.

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Response to Chicago1980 (Original post)

Wed Apr 3, 2019, 06:24 PM

18. Congratulations Mayor Lightfoot!

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Response to Chicago1980 (Original post)

Thu Apr 4, 2019, 12:25 PM

20. Mayor-elect wants re-examination of code of silence case

Mayor-elect wants re-examination of code of silence case
Updated 9:01 am CDT, Thursday, April 4, 2019



Photo: Ashlee Rezin, AP
Chicago Mayor-elect Lori Lightfoot speaks to reporters after meeting with Mayor Rahm Emanuel at City Hall, Wednesday, April 3, 2019, the day after she defeated Toni Preckwinkle in a runoff election. (Ashlee Rezin/Chicago Sun-Times via AP)


CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago Mayor-elect Lori Lightfoot wants her former colleagues at the U.S attorney's office to re-examine the acquittals of three police officers accused of covering up the police shooting of Laquan McDonald.

A judge in January found the officers not guilty of conspiracy, obstruction of justice and official misconduct.

Former Officer Joseph Walsh, Officer Thomas Gaffney and former Detective David March were accused of lying in their reports to protect Officer Jason Van Dyke, who was convicted of murdering McDonald.

In an interview with NPR's "Morning Edition," Lightfoot said federal prosecutors should reopen their grand jury investigation. She says if they determine there are no civil rights violations they can bring against the officers, "they need to have a fulsome grand jury report."

More:
https://www.chron.com/news/crime/article/Mayor-elect-wants-re-examination-of-code-of-13740582.php

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