Lori Lightfoot will become Chicago’s first openly gay mayor — and the first African-American woman ever to serve as chief executive — after cruising to a landslide victory on Tuesday that transcends the city’s tribal politics.
The political newcomer clobbered the Cook County Democratic chairman by more than 47 percentage points.
With 98.7 percent of the precincts reporting, Lightfoot had 73.7 percent of the vote to Toni Preckwinkle’s 26.3 percent.
“I feel very humbled and honored. I’m gonna do everything I can to earn it,” Lightfoot, 56, told the Chicago Sun-Times from her victory suite.