Lori Lightfoot makes history winning Chicago mayor race; pledges end to corruption

Lori Lightfoot is a former assistant US attorney

Mayor-elect Lightfoot's leadership must stop the hemorrhage of black families from our city, prioritize affordable housing and rent control, secure a Community Benefits Agreement for the Obama Center, make the wealthy pay their fair share, and stabilize and fund public services.

Lightfoot replaces Rahm Emanuel, a nationally prominent Democrat who withdrew from running for a third mayoral term.

Most recently, Lightfoot served as a senior equity partner in the Litigation and Conflict Resolution Group at Mayer Brown LLP before announcing her candidacy for mayor in May 2018. She was also chair of the Police Accountability Task Force in 2016, which issued a damning report after the police killing of African-American teenager Laquan McDonald.

"Both the black community and LGBT community can be proud of her history-making victory tonight". Indeed, her win is a historic one.

"They want a break from the corrupt political machine that has held back the aspirations of so many people", Lightfoot said during a debate last week. "I don't hold the title of committeeman, central committeeman, boss of the party".

Lightfoot will become Chicago's first openly gay mayor as well as the first African America woman to hold the post.

"This is not an entry-level job", Preckwinkle has said repeatedly during the campaign.

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Josephson had been out in Columbia, S.C., in the downtown Five Points district, a popular nightlife hub close the campus. Police also said the child-safety locks were activated in the vehicle , preventing anyone in the back from escaping.

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.

In her speech, Lightfoot quoted Martin Luther King Jr. and promised to end Chicago's cycle of corruption, which garnered cheering and applause from the audience. She has never held political office, while Preckwinkle, 72, was a city councilwoman for nearly 20 years before becoming Cook County board president in 2010.

Preckwinkle, who like Lightfoot drew a standing ovation, called the campaign a "hard fought" one.

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. "Building channels for people to believe that the city sees them and hears them and is willing to invest, is going to be critically important, and we have to start that right away".

"It is a city-wide rejection of the Chicago political establishment at the mayoral level", Evan McKenzie, political science professor at the University of IL in Chicago, told AFP.

She has expressed support for a casino in Chicago and changing the state's income tax system to a graduated tax, in which higher earners are taxed at a higher rate - two measures lawmakers have tried for unsuccessfully for years to pass.

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