Preckwinkle Shrugs Off New Political Endorsements For Lightfoot

Craig Dellimore
March 14, 2019 - 7:24 pm

Toni Preckwinkle, left; Lori Lightfoot (AP)

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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Mayoral candidate Toni Preckwinkle joined striking Chicago Symphony Orchestra musicians on the picket line Thursday morning and downplayed questions about the political support her rival Lori Lightfoot is getting.

Former mayoral hopeful Gery Chico is the latest onetime opponent to endorse Lightfoot. Paul Vallas and Willie Wilson have, too.

Preckwinkle, president of the Cook County Board, shrugged it off.

“We’re going across the city to look for support from all of our voters, and we’re going to continue that effort – to go to community after community,” she said.

She criticized Lightfoot for taking contributions from a so-called dark money group that doesn’t disclose its donors.

“Historically, in both our state and our country, the dark money has come from the most conservative, the most reactionary part of the political spectrum. I think it’s disturbing that somebody who would describe themselves as a progressive would take dark money,” Preckwinkle said.

But the woman who runs the Change Chicago political action committee is well-known for supporting gay rights and other progressive causes.