Preckwinkle To Lightfoot: Let's Work Through Gun-Issue Spat

Craig Dellimore
September 05, 2019 - 6:55 pm



CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- The president of the Cook County Board has reached out to Chicago’s mayor in an apparent bid to tone down their feud over violent crime in the City.

WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore reports from City Hall.

It’s sort of an olive branch. For months, County Board President Toni Preckwinkle and Mayor Lori Lightfoot have clashed over gun violence.

The mayor has said too many violent suspects are freed on bond. Preckwinkle has said police aren’t arresting enough shooters. She says few people freed on bond commit violent crimes.

The Chicago Sun-Times this week ran an editorial calling for an end to the feud. So, when Preckwinkle was asked about that Thursday, she was ready.

Preckwinkle said she called her former campaign rival and left a voicemail proposing a private meeting to talk about gun violence. She said Chicago and Cook County are stronger when they work together.

Mayor Lightfoot’s office said it has received and acknowledged Preckwinkle's message.