HISTORY MADE: Lori Lightfoot elected mayor of Chicago

Chicago mayoral candidate Lori Lightfoot participates in a candidate forum sponsored by One Chicago For All Alliance at Daley College in Chicago. Lightfoot and Toni Preckwinkle left are competing to make history by becoming

With the exception of a one-year clerkship on the Michigan Supreme Court in Detroit, she has lived in Chicago since 1986, according to her bio. She also headed the Chicago Police Board, a civilian oversight body that disciplines police officers, but she was not very popular in the city until recently.

Chicago Mayor-elect Lori Lightfoot, right, shakes hands with former mayoral candidate Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle as Rev. Jesse Jackson look on during a press conference at the Rainbow PUSH organization, Wednesday morning, April 3, 2019, in Chicago.

Lightfoot easily defeated Preckwinkle on Tuesday with backing from voter across the city.

Finley Campbell, a spokesman for the Chicago-based Unitarian Universalist Multiracial Racial Unity Action Council, said part of what makes Lightfoot's win historic is also that she reached out successfully to white voters. Lightfoot also held roles as interim first deputy of the Chicago Department of Procurement Services, chief of staff and general counsel of the Chicago Office of Emergency Management and Communications.

In spite of the obvious challenges Lightfoot will face as mayor of a city plagued by violence, CNN's John Berman turned back to the "historical nature" of her election. "Building channels for people to believe that the city sees them and hears them and is willing to invest, is going to be critically important, and we have to start that right away".

"Not long ago, the idea that two African American women would be vying for this spot would have been considered impossible".

Lightfoot, a 56-year-old former assistant U.S. attorney, fought a hard election battle.

"This victory is historic, and it is also an undeniably proud moment for the LGBTQ community, " Johnson said.

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She continued: "Together we can and will finally put the interests of our people-all of our people-ahead of the interests of a powerful few".

Despite that, her supporters were pleased.

Lightfoot replaces Rahm Emanuel, a nationally prominent Democrat who withdrew from running for a third mayoral term.

"My momma always said birds of a feather flock together, " Ross said. She says she has a mandate for change after carrying all 50 of the city's wards.

Preckwinkle spent much of her time during the campaign answering for her ties to Chicago's political establishment.

NBC 5 reported that the homophobic leaflets were left on cars outside churches across the city's South Side.

Both candidates expressed support for a casino in Chicago and changing the state's income tax system to a graduated tax, in which higher earners are taxed at a higher rate - two measures lawmakers have tried for unsuccessfully for years to pass.

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