Lori Lightfoot, a former federal prosecutor-turned-corporate lawyer and police reformer, overwhelmingly won Chicago's mayoral race on Tuesday, becoming one of several firsts for the country's third-largest city.
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". "We can and we will break this city's endless cycle of corruption and never again - never ever - allow politicians to profit from elected positions".
Congratulations poured in for Lightfoot, 56, who has one daughter with her wife, Amy Eshleman.
Preckwinkle said she called Lightfoot Tuesday night to congratulate her on a "hard-fought campaign".
Lightfoot earned a reputation as a police reformer when served as president of the Chicago Police Board and as chair of the Police Accountability Task Force, CBS News reported.
At her victory party on Tuesday night, just a moment before she delivered her speech to the crowd, Lightfoot exhaled and said, "Thank you, Chicago".
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The downtown business district and areas to the north and along the city's famed lake shore have enjoyed an economic boom even as more than 550 people were murdered a year ago alone.
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. When she takes office in May, Lightfoot will also be the city's first openly gay mayor.
Former U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Michigan Barbara McQuade supported Lightfoot, who was McQuade's resident adviser at UM's Bursley Hall in 1983-84.
Lightfoot, who will also become the first openly gay mayor of the third-largest US city, appealed to voters who are exhausted of politics as usual.
"She had more of a unity-type thing that kind of reminded me of Harold Washington, where she would let everybody in", Allison said. "I'm going to tell her, as I've said before, this is one of if not the greatest jobs in public life, and it's a real treasure, and it's an honor to get the confidence of the public to do it, and I'm going to tell her that in person, and I think that's really important to do it in person". Rather, she wanted "to do something where I would be able to take care of myself financially", she said.
Preckwinkle also tried to cast Lightfoot as an insider for working in police oversight posts under Emanuel and police oversight, procurement and emergency communications posts under Mayor Richard M. Daley. Part of her mayoral campaign focused on ousting Chicago's political machine.