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*On this date in 2019, the first Black woman was elected mayor of Chicago, Illinois. Former federal prosecutor Lori Lightfoot easily won the Chicago mayor's race earning support from every part of the city to defeat a longtime political insider.
She also become the first openly gay person to lead the United States of America's third-largest city. Lightfoot, who had never been elected to public office, delivered a commanding victory over Toni Preckwinkle, who served in the City Council for 19 years before becoming Cook County Board president. Preckwinkle also is chairwoman of the county Democratic Party. Lightfoot took office on May 20, 2019.
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