Lightfoot, Preckwinkle Push For Final Votes Ahead Of Tuesday's Election

Andy Dahn
April 01, 2019 - 7:57 am

Lori Lightfoot, left; Toni Preckwinkle (Associated Press)

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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- With the runoff election just around the corner, mayoral candidates, Lori Lightfoot and Toni Preckwinkle spend the weekend pushing for last minute votes.

Lightfoot reiterated her promise for change in Chicago, while Preckwinkle defended her campaign. 

Before canvassing the South Side, Lightfoot said residents from all over the city have made it clear to her that they want the same thing: a government that works for the people.

"Nothing can happen if you don't vote," Lightfoot said. "If you don't show up to the polls, you're saying the status quo is just fine."

Among the dozens of Lightfoot supporters that packed her South Shore field office was Congresswoman Robin Kelly, who reminded reporters that she's supported Lightfoot since day one.

"I think she has the commitment, the brilliance and the relationship building that will make the change," Kelly said. "No one is the messiah, things are not going to change overnight."

Lightfoot admitted that voter turnout is always a concern, but said a victory over Toni Preckwinkle, no matter the margin, would serve as a mandate for real reform.

"I think the mandate's to clean up city government, to make it much more responsive to people, make it much more transparent and accountable, to be honest about the challenges and to involve people into the conversation."

After attending a church service on the city's West Side, Preckwinkle was asked if she had any regrets about the "tone" of her campaign, which included several TV ad's criticizing Lori Lightfoot.

"No, of course not," Preckwinkle told reporters. "I think it's an obligation of a candidate to try to be sure that her record is shared with the voters and also to make a contrast with the opposition."

Preckwinkle was joined by Secretary of State Jesse White, who said he's positive that Chicago would benefit from her leadership as mayor.

"He is, arguably, the most popular elected official in the state," Preckwinkle said. "He's the highest vote-getter and he's been in office for more than 20 years. I'm very grateful for his help."

As for Chicago electing its first black, female mayor, Preckwinkle said that is important, but so is remembering that she and Lightfoot are very different candidates.

"I've spent my life as a public servant."