Mayoral TV Ads Set Tone For Runoff Election

Craig Dellimore
March 01, 2019 - 5:49 pm

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- The first TV ads for Chicago’s mayoral runoff show the different tones that the two campaigns may take.

In her advertisement, former Federal Prosecutor Lori Lightfoot points out the struggles some Chicagoans face everyday. Her ad revolves around her declaration that this Mayoral election is about change. People want it, she said.

But the ad from Toni Preckwinkle’s campaign is a full-blown attack on her opponent. Her ad refers to Lightfoot as a wealthy corporate lawyer who has had ethical problems.

Lori Lightfoot has labeled Preckwinkle as an old style “party boss” previously, but each claims the mantle of a progressive.

In interviews, Preckwinkle tries to avoid going negative. Lightfoot insists she won’t go negative in person or on air, but will defend herself.

The runoff election between Lightfoot and Preckwinkle is April 2. They emerged Tuesday as the top two vote-getters from a field of 14 hopefuls.

The election has been marked as a historical one locally and nationally that shows the progressive culture of the city, its candidate backing and constituents who want a second black woman as mayor.