Lori Lightfoot won a runoff election in a landslide

New mayor: Lori Lightfoot won a runoff election in a landslide this week, becoming the first black woman and openly gay person elected mayor of Chicago. Lightfoot, 56, a former federal prosecutor who’s never held elective office, won nearly three-quarters of the vote and all 50 of Chicago’s wards in the race against Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle. With the two Democrats largely aligned on policy proposals—advocating for more-affordable housing, police reform, and additional city resources for poor neighborhoods—the race came down to change versus experience. In her victory speech, Lightfoot vowed to oppose “the interests of a powerful few.” Chicago will become the largest U.S. city ever to have an openly gay mayor when Lightfoot takes office May 20, replacing Rahm Emanuel, who decided not to seek a third term.