Chicago’s next mayor will make history


National News

February 27, 2019 - 10:42 AM

Mayoral candidate Toni Preckwinkle appears with supporters Tuesday night, at the Lake Shore Cafe in Chicago. (Chris Sweda/Chicago Tribune/TNS)

CHICAGO — Chicago will elect its first African-American woman as its next mayor, after former federal prosecutor Lori Lightfoot and Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle moved on to an April runoff amid a record field of 14 candidates.

With votes scarcer than expected and polls showing a half-dozen or more candidates within striking distance, the goal was to break into the top two and qualify for the April 2 runoff election. That is the result if no candidate collects more than 50 percent of the vote the first time around.

Unofficial results showed Lightfoot with 17.4 percent of the vote, Preckwinkle with 16 percent and Bill Daley with 14.7 percent. By late Tuesday, Lightfoot had declared she had made the runoff, Daley had conceded defeat and Preckwinkle continued to watch votes get tallied.

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