Chicago made history and chose former federal attorney Lori Lightfoot as their first black, female mayor at a time when the city is struggling with firearm violence on the streets and an endless cycle of corruption.
Lightfoot, who will also be the first openly gay leader of the nation's third most populated city, defeated Cook County, Board President Toni Preckwinkle with 72 percent of the votes. Lightfoot will replace Rahm Emanuel, who chose not to proceed for a third term.
The historic outcome of Tuesday's vote was assured after Lightfoot had defeated 12 rivals in the first round of the campaign, the most attended mayoral vote ever. It included Bill Daley, the son and brother of two former Chicago mayors and, Emanuel, a chief of staff of former President Barack Obama.
In her victory speech, Lightfoot said her victory was "a mandate for change." She promised to embrace diversity, to welcome immigrants, to ensure that the city does not shrink, and to fight its infamous political corruption. “Together we can and will finally put the interests of our people, all of our people, ahead of the interests of a powerful few,’’ Lightfoot told a cheering crowd.“We can and we will break this city’s endless cycle of corruption.’’