Lori Lightfoot, left; Toni Preckwinkle (Associated Press)

At Issue: Lightfoot Blasts Preckwinkle's Negative Ad

March 28, 2019 - 3:37 pm
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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) – Chicago mayoral candidates Toni Preckwinkle and Lori Lightfoot are fiercely clashing over Preckwinkle's new TV ad, which criticizes Lightfoot's role in the investigation of a fatal fire back in 2004.

Preckwinkle has been using a new commercial and joint appearances to blast rival Lightfoot for allegedly mishandling evidence following a fire that left four children dead. It was the subject of a lawsuit about operations at the 9-1-1 center.

“You have to take responsibility and try to fix things and not cover up,” Preckwinkle said.  “In this instance, I think it’s quite clear the judge felt that there was a coverup.”

Lightfoot, onetime chief of staff of the Office of Emergency Management and Communications, countered that using the deaths of children to score political points is beyond the pale.

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“I don’t think I’ve ever seen anything like it,” she said. “Particularly disturbing to me is her representations of my role are completely false.”

Regardless of what a judge felt, Lightfoot said she did all she could to get to the bottom of what happened.

Both candidates are featured in this weekend’s “At Issue” program, which airs 9:30 a.m. and 9:30 p.m. Sunday.

Tuesday is the runoff election for mayor.