Lightfoot Vows To Stay In Mayoral Race, Slams Rumors To Contrary

Craig Dellimore
October 23, 2018 - 3:40 pm

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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Lawyer and former Chicago Police Board president Lori Lightfoot on Monday outlined her answers to solving some of Chicago's toughest problems, from affordable housing to gun violence. 

But several people at the City Club of Chicago luncheon wanted her to adress a rumor about her candidacy: that she would bow out to join Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle's administration. 

"There's a rumor floating around that I'm going to step down and take a deal, and ill name it, as some person in a Toni Preckwinkle administration," Lightfoot said. "Let me be clear, that's never happening. It was false the minute it was said. What it shows frankly is kind of machine style bullying that has no place in the future of this city."

Preckwinkle entered the crowded mayoral race in September, making her one of the most well-known of the candidates. Lightfoot entered in May, when Mayor Rahm Emanuel still hadn't announced that he wouldn't seek re-election.

Lightfoot did not accuse Preckwinkle of bullying her but did label Preckwinkle, the head of the Cook County Democrats, as a party boss willing to use her political muscle against those she doesn't like.