In a historic first, black, gay woman elected Chicago mayor

Lori Lightfoot a former federal prosecutor and practicing lawyer who has never before held elected office was elected the midwestern city's mayor in a lopsided victory

She's also the first in decades who was not born in Chicago.

She beat out Toni Preckwinkle - chief executive of Cook County in which Chicago is located - by a wide margin of 74 to 26 percent in early voting results with most ballots counted. The next mayor of Chicago is a former prosecutor who has not held elected office before.

In a historic first, a gay African American woman was elected mayor of America's third largest city on Tuesday, as Chicago voters entrusted a political novice with tackling hard problems of economic inequality and gun violence. "She (Lightfoot) has an opportunity to make enormous strides for women, for women of color, for women of all different backgrounds". Preckwinkle stood beside her.

"At the end of the day that's what's truly historic about this election", Preckwinkle said to her supporters. At the same time, downtown and predominantly white neighborhoods on Chicago's North Side have been growing and glistening with new investment. She won with backing from voters across the city. Equality Illinois, which advocates for LGBTQ folks throughout that state, said Lightfoot's victory "is historic and it is also an undeniably proud moment for the LGBTQ community", while the Human Rights Campaign's senior vice president for policy and political affairs, JoDee Winterhof, said the organization enjoyed campaigning for her and looks forward to working closely with her administration to make sure Chicago "moves forward to be an inclusive and welcoming place for everyone". I know one mayor can't do that by herself, but I don't have many expectations of her.

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.

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Lightfoot, 56, won in convincing fashion, defeating the 72-year-old Cook County board president and 19-year alderman in all 50 of the city's wards.

Accompanied by her wife, Amy Eshleman, Lightfoot used her victory speech to highlight the historic nature of her win while painting a bright picture for the future of Chicago. But less than one out of five murders was solved in Chicago in the first half of 2018, according to local media.

"I feel like she (Lightfoot) has a better take on not taxing us", Farrelly said while walking her dog.

"It is historic because a black, openly gay sister is out there", Campbell said. "But it's always, always, always worth it to fight for what you believe in and I'm going to keep fighting, too".

Lightfoot told the crowd she plans to "hit the ground running". But she noted there is much hard work ahead. Her campaign included a promise to crush corruption and check the epidemic-levels of violence in the city and restore the public education system. Lightfoot hopes to improve the reputation of the city's police department by building on her roles as the head of the Chicago Police Board and chair of the Chicago Police Accountability Task Force.

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