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Mayor-elect wants re-examination of code of silence case

Mayor-elect wants re-examination of code of silence case

In a historic first, a gay African American woman was elected mayor of America's third largest city Tuesday, as Chicago voters entrusted a political novice with tackling hard problems of economic inequality and gun violence.

A former USA assistant attorney, Lightfoot, 56, will also become the first lesbian mayor in the history of the Windy City.

"Out there tonight, a lot of little girls and boys are watching". She says if they determine there are no civil rights violations they can bring against the officers, "they need to have a fulsome grand jury report".

Lori Lightfoot scored a number of firsts as she also became the first ever female gay major in Chicago city after beating 13 other candidates in the political battle for the powerful office.

The nature of policing by the department "has not adequately taken into account the segregation in our city and that race does matter", she said in an interview with NPR's Morning Edition.

"Today, you did more than make history", Lightfoot told supporters at the Hilton Chicago on Tuesday night.

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"We've got to have transparency and healing so that people are able to move on", the mayor-elect added.

Politics aside, we at The Daily Eastern News support the monumental moment in the election of the first African-American woman and openly gay mayor in Chicago.

Lightfoot replaces Rahm Emanuel, a nationally prominent Democrat who withdrew from running for a third mayoral term.

Preckwinkle is the chief executive of Cook County where Chicago is based, which analysts said worked against her during a change election as voters sought to shake up city hall.

"It's quite the opposite".

"People (are) hoping for something different to come along".