Chicago Elects Its First African American Female Mayor

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Chicago voters on Tuesday overwhelmingly chose Lori Lightfoot, an African American woman and former prosecutor, to be the city’s next mayor.

Lightfoot, an attorney who once worked to root out corruption in Chicago’s Department of Procurement Services, had never held public office before.

She beat out Toni Preckwinkle, the president of the Cook County Board of Commissioners, a veteran politician who also runs the Cook County Democratic Party. With 95% of precincts reporting, Lightfoot held 74% of the vote.

Lightfoot is the first woman to win the mayoralty since Jane Byrne in 1979. She is the first African-American to win the office since Harold Washington in 1983.

Lightfoot will be inaugurated in May.    

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