On 2nd of April 2019, Chicago Elected Its First Female African-American Mayor Lori Lightfoot

Two days ago, Chicago made history! Yes, Chicago, known for its high crime rate, gang activity, political corruption, great fire, etc., this week broke through three norms. And all with a single winner of a single mayoral election. Our friend Gronda has written an excellent post highlighting this great moment … thank you, Gronda!

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On the evening of the 2nd of February 2019, Chicagoan voters saw their first female African-American Democratic Party candidate, Lori Lightfoot become its mayor.

Here’s the rest of the story…

On April 2, 2019, Bill Ruthhart of the Chicago Tribune penned the following report, “Lori Lightfoot elected Chicago mayor, making her the first African-American woman to lead the city”


“Lori Lightfoot won a resounding victory Tuesday (4/2/2019) night to become both the first African-American woman and openly gay person elected mayor of Chicago, dealing a stinging defeat to a political establishment that has reigned over City Hall for decades.”

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“After waging a campaign focused on upending the vaunted Chicago political machine, Lightfoot dismantled one of its major cogs by dispatching Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle, whose candidacy had been hobbled in part by an anti-incumbent mood among voters and an ongoing federal corruption investigation at…

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25 thoughts on “On 2nd of April 2019, Chicago Elected Its First Female African-American Mayor Lori Lightfoot

  1. Lori Lightfoot is the very sort of leader that the country needs. If we can only find and elect one that can put the “interests of all of the people ahead of the interests of a powerful few”, there may be hope for the future. Thank-you!

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  2. This is a time for great hope, tinged with a little caution. I suuport Ms Lightfoot in her endeavours, but in almost 70 years I have seen too many promise the world, and then not be allowed to deliver as much as a pizza. How many elected councillors are on her side, and will they give her enough rope to effect real change, or will they give her only enough rope to hang herself with.
    Chicago is about to become a true crucible, the fire is going to be hot, and the rhetoric is going to be dirty. If Ms Lightfoot fails to change the city, she commits political suicide. And there are enough forces aligned against her to make that happen. Any hint of a scandal will land heavier in her lap than anyone else’s. She is going to need a lot of help from a lot of people. I sure as hell hope she gets it.

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    • You are quite right. It is a sign of hope, but there are definitely forces that will try to keep Ms. Lightfoot from fulfilling the things she wants and needs to do. Rather like the hurdles Obama faced for his last 6 years in office, only on a smaller scale. Let’s hope, as you say, that there are enough strong people on her side to help her.

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