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Lightfoot becomes first African American woman to lead Chicago

Mayoral candidate Lori Lightfoot and her daughter Vivian Lightfoot appear with supporters at EvolveHer in Chicago Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2019. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune via AP)

Benjamin Conboy, Editor in Chief

April 2, 2019

Lori Lightfoot will be the first African American woman to be the mayor of the city of Chicago, defeating political heavyweight Toni Preckwinkle in a historic landslide election. Lightfoot won the election with 73.6 percent of the vote to Preckwinkle’s 26.3 percent, the largest margin of victory i...

Preckwinkle brings ambition, experience to mayoral race

In this Dec. 9. 2018 file photo, Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle speaks during a news conference at the Chicago Teachers Union headquarters in Chicago.

Bianca Cseke, Copy Editor

February 25, 2019

When Toni Preckwinkle was a teacher with Chicago Public Schools, one of her students was killed in a drive-by shooting while standing on their front porch. It’s moments like these that Preckwinkle says have influenced her decision to go into public service, including alderman of the 4th Ward, Cook...

Bill Daley aims to make his own mark with mayoral campaign

Bill Daley speaks during a news conference in Chicago on Feb. 8. Daley is aiming to follow in his father and brother’s footsteps by running for mayor.

Madi Garner, Contributing Writer

February 18, 2019

In the wake of Rahm Emanuel leaving office, Chicago’s mayoral race started off as a free-for-all. With so many candidates it’s hard to pinpoint who is who, who actually has a chance and what their candidacy will mean for the city. One name in the race, however, is undoubtedly familiar to Chicagoans: Bill D...

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