Lightfoot, Emanuel Talk Upcoming Transition Of Power

Craig Dellimore
April 03, 2019 - 4:30 pm

WBBM Newsradio/Craig Dellimore

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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Chicago's next mayor has had her first meeting with the incumbent since sweeping to a commanding victory Tuesday in the runoff election.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel greeted Mayor-Elect Lori Lightfoot at his Fifth Floor office in full view of cameras and reporters before the pair vanished behind closed doors.

Nearly an hour later, Lightfoot emerged to say the meeting to discuss the transition was cordial and productive.

“I appreciate the generosity and it will be the first of many,” Lightfoot said.

Emanuel, for his part, praised Lightfoot for her decisive victory Tuesday. She led in every ward across the city in her contest with Toni Preckwinkle.

“People have an obligation to work with her and help define not only the agenda but see it through,” Emanuel said.

Lightfoot said waking up Wednesday as the next mayor of Chicago seemed “a little surreal,” but not a bad thing.

Also Wednesday, a Lightfoot spokesperson said the mayor-elect met with Chicago Police Supt. Eddie Johnson and discussed several topics, including violence that occurs during the summer in some neighborhoods and rebuilding trust between some communities and the police department.