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The Latest: Lightfoot says she’ll ‘hit the ground running’

April 3, 2019
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Chicago Mayor-elect Lori Lightfoot, right, shakes hands with former mayoral candidate Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle as Rev. Jesse Jackson look on during a press conference at the Rainbow PUSH organization, Wednesday morning, April 3, 2019, in Chicago. (Ashlee Rezin/Chicago Sun-Times via AP)

CHICAGO (AP) — The Latest on Chicago’s mayoral election (all times local):

12:35 p.m.

Chicago Mayor-elect Lori Lightfoot says she’s “got a lot of hard work ahead” as she prepares to take office next month.

Lightfoot spoke Wednesday at an appearance with her opponent in Tuesday’s election, Toni Preckwinkle. The event was hosted by civil rights leader the Rev. Jesse Jackson at his Rainbow PUSH Coalition.

Lightfoot easily defeated Preckwinkle in Tuesday’s election to become Chicago’s first black female mayor and the city’s first openly gay mayor.

Lightfoot told the crowd she plans to “hit the ground running.” She says she has a mandate for change after carrying all 50 of the city’s wards. She says she wants to “make sure we’re being true to that.”

Lightfoot says her list of priorities includes public schools, immigration, financial issues and the city’s violence problem.

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7:45 a.m.

Chicago’s new mayor-elect plans to start her day greeting voters downtown before attending a unity news conference with her opponent in Tuesday’s election.

Lori Lightfoot will meet with commuters Wednesday morning at a Chicago Transit Authority train station. The former federal prosecutor will then attend a news conference with Toni Preckwinkle at the Rev. Jesse Jackson’s Rainbow PUSH Coalition.

Former federal prosecutor Lori Lightfoot defeated a longtime political insider Tuesday to become Chicago's next mayor, the first black woman and openly gay person to lead the nation's third-largest city. (April 2)

Lightfoot easily defeated Preckwinkle on Tuesday with backing from voter across the city. She’s the first black woman and first openly gay person to be elected Chicago’s mayor.

Jackson on Saturday asked the two candidates if they would sign a pledge agreeing to the Tuesday meeting. The longtime civil rights leader told them that the race would end Tuesday, and then “the healing must begin.” Both women signed the document.

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12 a.m.

Chicago Mayor-elect Lori Lightfoot’s resounding victory is a clear call for change at City Hall and a historic repudiation of the old-style, insider politics that have long defined the nation’s third-largest city.

Lightfoot, a former federal prosecutor who’d never been elected to public office, defeated Cook County Board President and former Alderman Toni Preckwinkle on Tuesday. She won with backing from voters across the city.

Lightfoot also made history, becoming the first black woman and the first openly gay person to be Chicago mayor.

She told a cheering crowd people are seeing “a city reborn.”

Lightfoot pledged to break the cycle of corruption in city government, reduce violence and help low-income and working-class residents in the city’s neighborhoods.

But she faces major challenges, including Chicago’s deep financial problems.

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Chicago Mayor-elect Lori Lightfoot, right, shakes hands with former mayoral candidate Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle as Rev. Jesse Jackson look on during a press conference at the Rainbow PUSH organization, Wednesday morning, April 3, 2019, in Chicago. (Ashlee Rezin/Chicago Sun-Times via AP)