She became the first black woman mayor of the city. She will join seven other black women currently serving as mayors in major U.S. cities. Lightfoot obtained victory over Toni Preckwinkle, who served in the City Council for 19 years before becoming Cook County Board president being also chairwoman of the county Democratic Party. “Together we can and will make Chicago a place where your zip code doesn’t determine your destiny,” Lightfoot told to crowd after victory.
She promised to eradicate corruption helping at the same time the low-income and working-class people. Lori Lightfoot is the first openly gay woman to win the seat. “We will not let politicians profit from their positions. We can and we will remake Chicago,” she declared. Lightfoot’s victory followed five weeks of bitter rhetoric between her and Preckwinkle. First, she won the most votes in the first round of the election in February. Lightfoot, 56, has portrayed herself as a progressive champion for reforming City Hall, and repeatedly criticized Preckwinkle as a Democratic party boss who ran a corrupt political machine. Lightfoot accused Preckwinkle of telling “lie after lie” during the campaign.