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The Latest: Lightfoot says election is a movement for change

April 3, 2019
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In this March 24, 2019 photo, Chicago mayoral candidate Lori Lightfoot participates in a candidate forum sponsored by One Chicago For All Alliance at Daley College in Chicago. Lightfoot and Toni Preckwinkle, left, are competing to make history by becoming the city's first black, female mayor. On issues their positions are similar. But their resumes are not, and that may make all the difference when voters pick a new mayor on Tuesday. (AP Photo/Teresa Crawford)

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

9:25 p.m.

Chicago Mayor-elect Lori Lightfoot says the city’s voters have created a movement for change.

Lightfoot on Tuesday became the city’s first black woman and openly gay person elected to lead the nation’s third-largest city, an overwhelming victory over political veteran and Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle.

Lightfoot told supporters gathered in a downtown hotel the campaign is over both she and Preckwinkle will work for the city they love.

The former federal prosecutor said with the mandate for change, she will work to make the city’s streets safe again. She said she will work to give the city’s children access to the high-quality education they deserve. She added the city can build trust between the city’s residents and “its brave police.”

Lightfoot and Preckwinkle were the top two vote-getters in the February general election that saw 14 vie to succeed Mayor Rahm Emanuel. He decided against running for a third term.

Lightfoot will be sworn in May 20.

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9:10 p.m.

Toni Preckwinkle says she is disappointed but not disheartened after losing her bid for Chicago mayor.

Preckwinkle was defeated by former federal prosecutor and political novice Lori Lightfoot in Tuesday’s election.

The 56-year-old Lightfoot campaigned on ridding Chicago’s government of corruption. She also said she wanted to help low-income and working-class people she believes have been “left behind and ignored” by Chicago’s political ruling class.

The 72-year-old Preckwinkle is a former school teacher who served on the Chicago City Council for 19 years before becoming Cook County Board president. She also heads the county’s Democratic Party.

Preckwinkle told a crowd of supporters she still believes in the power of public service and has dedicated her life to it. Preckwinkle added she will wake up tomorrow fighting and advocating for her constituents.

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8:10 p.m.

Former Houston Mayor Annise Parker says she is excited and stunned by the magnitude of Lori Lightfoot’s election as Chicago’s first black female and openly gay mayor.

Lightfoot on Tuesday defeated Toni Preckwinkle, a former school teacher who served in the City Council for 19 years before becoming Cook County Board president in 2011.

Parker was known to be gay when she became Houston’s mayor in 2010. She says Lightfoot’s victory is a clear repudiation of traditional Chicago politics. She says it will also mean a lot of folks will be expecting great things from Lightfoot. Parker says there “will be a lot of pressure” on the new mayor.

The 56-year-old Lightfoot is a former federal prosecutor who campaigned on ridding Chicago’s government of corruption. She also said she wanted to help low-income and working-class people she believes have been “left behind and ignored” by Chicago’s political ruling class.

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7:45 p.m.

Political newcomer Lori Lightfoot has been elected Chicago mayor, becoming the first black female — and openly gay — leader of the city.

Lightfoot on Tuesday defeated Toni Preckwinkle, a former school teacher who served in the City Council for 19 years before becoming Cook County Board president in 2011.

The 56-year-old Lightfoot is a former federal prosecutor who campaigned on ridding Chicago’s government of corruption. She also said she wanted to help low-income and working-class people she believes have been “left behind and ignored” by Chicago’s political ruling class.

Lightfoot and Preckwinkle were the top two vote-getters in the February general election that saw 14 vie to succeed Mayor Rahm Emanuel. He decided against running for a third term.

Lightfoot will be sworn in May 20.

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7 p.m.

The polls are closed in Chicago and the counting begins to determine who will be the city’s next mayor.

The winner between former federal prosecutor Lori Lightfoot and Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle will be Chicago’s first black female mayor.

The 56-year-old Lightfoot has never held elected office, which she says fits the times in a city that has seen a scandal-ridden Democratic Party in charge for decades. Lightfoot calls herself “a different kind of Democrat” who wants to end the old ways of doing things.

The 72-year-old Preckwinkle is a former school teacher who served on the Chicago City Council for 19 years before becoming Cook County Board president. She also heads the country’s Democratic Party.

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2:15 p.m.

A 64-year-old dog catcher says he voted for former prosecutor Lori Lightfoot in the Chicago mayor’s race because he thought she would be a unifier who would “let everybody in.”

John Allison cast his ballot in the mayoral runoff at a polling station at Douglas Park Baptist Church. Fellow voter Truly Gannon also cast her ballot there, for Lightfoot’s opponent, Tony Preckwinkle.

Gannon is a 39-year-old dietician and mother of four. She said she thinks Preckwinkle “had more experience.”

Either Lightfoot or Preckwinkle will become the city’s first black female mayor and succeed Mayor Rahm Emanuel, who isn’t seeking re-election. They were the two top vote-getters in the city’s 14-person general election in February.

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6:20 a.m.

Polls are open in Chicago where a runoff election is pitting a veteran politician against a former prosecutor in a race that will end with the city’s first black woman in the mayor’s office.

Former federal prosecutor Lori Lightfoot and Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle were the top vote-getters in a 14-person general election in February. On Tuesday, one of the Democrats will succeed Mayor Rahm Emanuel, who didn’t seek re-election.

The 56-year-old Lightfoot has never held elected office, which she says fits the times in a city that has seen a scandal-ridden Democratic Party in charge for decades. The openly gay Lightfoot calls herself “a different kind of Democrat” who wants to end the old ways of doing things.

The 72-year-old Preckwinkle is a former school teacher who served on the Chicago City Council for 19 years before becoming Cook County Board president. She also heads the country’s Democratic Party.

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12 a.m.

Chicago will have its first black woman as mayor after voters choose between candidates who waged contentious campaigns that highlighted their contrasting political paths.

Former federal prosecutor Lori Lightfoot and Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle were the top vote-getters in a 14-person general election in February to succeed Mayor Rahm Emanuel, who did not seek re-election. They have similar positions on many issues but divergent resumes.

The 56-year-old Lightfoot has never held elected office, which she says fits the times in a city that has seen a scandal-ridden Democratic Party in charge for decades.

The 72-year-old Preckwinkle is a former schoolteacher who served on the Chicago City Council for 19 years before becoming Cook County Board president.

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