Lori Lightfoot Thanks Voters After Mayoral Win

Mike Krauser
April 03, 2019 - 10:21 am
Lori Lightfoot celebrates at her election night rally at the Hilton Chicago after defeating Toni Preckwinkle in the Chicago mayoral election, Tuesday, April 2, 2019.

Ashlee Rezin/Chicago Sun-Times via AP


CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Mayor-elect Lori Lightfoot took part in the time-honored tradition of thanking voters on the morning after her historic win.  

Lightfoot stepped out of a dark SUV with tinted windows to applause from people on the sidewalk outside the Thompson Center in the Loop and more applause as she walked inside to greet people at the Clark and Lake CTA stop on Wednesday morning.

“It’s a fantastic day to be a Chicagoan,” she said, “I am overwhelmed by the support of people all over the city.  We wanted and we now have a broad mandate for change and I’m excited to get to work.” 

She said she knew she was going to do well, but not that well. 

“We felt very comfortable that we would have a nice margin, but to sweep all 50 wards with that kind of a margin, obviously it’s historic and it’s very, very gratifying," she said.

Lightfoot said what it signals is people across the city wanted a break from what she called the broken political past. And she said that she had yet to hear from Mayor Emanuel. 

Lightfoot said she'll put the campaign behind her and work with her opponent, Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle. 

She said she looks forward to working with the City Council in ways that benefit all Chicagoans.