History overnight in Chicago.Lori Lightfoot is claiming victory in the race to be Chicago's next mayor. Lightfoot is not only the first African-American woman to win the title – she’s also the first openly gay mayor – in Chicago's history. Thing is? It wasn’t even a close call. Lightfoot had 74% of the vote with 94% of the precincts reporting by 9pm local time. She won in ALL 50 wards – and some, by huge margins of as much as 6-1.
Speaking to a crowd of supporters, Lightfoot said voters did more than make history by electing her, they “created a movement for change.” A former federal prosecutor and president of the Chicago Police Board, Lightfoot promised to put the interests of everyday people ahead of those of the powerful.
And looking beyond Chi-town (and toward Washington, DC), Lightfoot said the city will protect its immigrant population and that Chicago will be always be a place where immigrants are welcome.
- Lightfoot defeatedToni Preckwinkle, but she said now that the race is over she knows that they can come together to work towards helping the city they both love. Preckwinkle is the current Cook County Board president.