Toni Preckwinkle

‘We’re in a movement’: Could Chicago elect first black woman as mayor?

‘We’re in a movement’: Could Chicago elect first black woman as mayor?

Now that Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel will not seek re-election, political experts are eyeing the open race to see if the city will make history and elect an African-American woman to lead it.

Three of the 12 candidates so far — Cook County Circuit Court Clerk Dorothy Brown, former Police Board President Lori Lightfoot and policy consultant Amara Enyia — are African-American women, and others could still enter the race. Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle is also considering a run, a source close to her told the Tribune.

Across the country, the #MeToo movement, women’s marches and the defeat of Hillary Clinton in the presidential election inspired women to run for...

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