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Mayoral Candidates Busy Rallying Ahead of Runoff Election

March 30, 2019 - 6:08 pm

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Run-off election day is Tuesday in Chicago, and mayoral candidates Lori Lightfoot and Toni Preckwinkle are putting in long hours, while asking supporters to do the same. 

Both candidates began their Saturday by attending the weekly Rainbow-PUSH meeting, then went their separate ways.  Preckwinkle attended a forum on hosing that Lightfoot skipped after confirming attendance months prior. She said she supports efforts to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour, wants more affordable housing and wants, at the very least, discussion of rent control, which is currently against state law.

Preckwinkle repeatedly told those to whom she spoke to check her record, the inference being that political novice Lightfoot is light in that department.

"If you want to know what somebody is going to do, look at what they have done," Preckwinkle said. 

A trio of hecklers later disrupted Lightfoot's remarks at the Little Village Community Church, demanding to know why she skipped the housing forum. No fewer than four times did they halt Lightfoot's remarks.

Lightfoot offered to meet with them afterward and told the crowd Chicagoans need more dialogue and less divisiveness, saying that a divided Chicago is exactly what Trump Republicans want.

Congressman Chuy Garcia welcomed Lightfoot to the stage, rallying voters in the neighborhood.

"Chicago will be a new city after Tuesday when we make history and elect the next mayor of Chicago," Garcia said.