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State Week: Lightfoot, Preckwinkle Win Chicago Mayoral Primary

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Brian Mackey
NPR Illinois

A night of surprises as (a few) Chicago voters narrow the field of candidates for mayor: former prosecutor and police reformer Lori Lightfoot gets the most votes, and will face Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle in the April runoff election.

Meanwhile, Chicago hears the unusual sound of a Daley giving a concession speech, what happened to Comptroller Susana Mendoza's rising star, and wasn't Chance and Kanye's support of Amara Enyia going to turn out young voters? Oh, and what of Ald. Ed Burke, whom even changing demographics and a federal indictment could not force into a runoff?

Brian Mackey hosts with regular panelist Charlie Wheeler. This week's guest is Claudia Morell, who covers Chicago politics for public radio station WBEZ. Sean Crawford and Daisy Contreras are away.

Brian Mackey formerly reported on state government and politics for NPR Illinois and a dozen other public radio stations across the state. Before that, he was A&E editor at The State Journal-Register and Statehouse bureau chief for the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin.
The former director of the Public Affairs Reporting (PAR) graduate program is Professor Charles N. Wheeler III, a veteran newsman who came to the University of Illinois at Springfield following a 24-year career at the Chicago Sun-Times.
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