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Congressman Danny Davis Expected To Endorse Toni Preckwinkle For Chicago Mayor Tuesday

CHICAGO (CBS)–Two weeks from today, Chicagoans will elect a new mayor.

This morning, Congressman Danny Davis is expected to endorse Toni Preckwinkle.

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This afternoon, Preckwinkle and Lori Lightfoot are both set to attend a mayoral forum at Malcolm X College.

Lightfoot’s campaign for mayor is suddenly dealing with a clandestine effort to make her sexuality an issue.

While she accepted another round of labor endorsements, someone left hundreds of anti-gay flyers on the cars of worshippers, outside at least two black churches on Sunday.

Lightfoot would be Chicago’s first openly-gay mayor, so she spent yesterday talking about it—instead of her newest endorsement.

“Any attmepts by anyone to propagate hate, we have to stand together as a city and denounce it because hate can have no place in our city,” Lightfoot said.

Her opponent, Preckwinkle, won a new union endorsement of her own, from the Illinois Federation of Teachers.

And although the homophobic flyers could benefit her campaign, she criticized the tactic as well.

“Sure, I condemn them,” Preckwinkle said. “They have nothing to do with our campaign. They’re disgraceful. I have no idea where it came from and as I said, it’s despicable.”

 

Lightfoot, Preckwinkle Spar At Chicago Mayoral Candidate Forum

CHICAGO (CBS) — With a little more than three weeks left until the runoff election, both candidates for Chicago mayor faced off in a forum Thursday night, and it didn’t take long for things to get heated.

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They fiery exchange between mayoral candidates Lori Lightfoot and Toni Preckwinkle could be a sign of what’s to come leading up to the April 2 runoff.

The forum came just hours after Lightfoot received the backing of the Chicago Firefighters Union, which could reflect wider Northwest Side and Southwest Side support.

Aldermen Nicholas Sposato and Anthony Napolitano, both former firefighters who preckwinkle quickly criticized, were at that announcement.

“Both of whom are pro-Trump Republicans and anti-immigrant alderman,” Preckwinkle said. “That’s profoundly disturbing to me since she claims to be a progressive.”

Preckwinkle voiced those same criticisms during the forum leading to a heated exchange.

“No, no, no, you’re spewing,” Lightfoot said.

“No, let me finish,” Preckwinkle said.

“Fine,” said Lightfoot. “I’m going to let you lie and then I will respond.

“You know I’m not accusing you of lying,” Preckwinkle said.

“No, you are lying,” said Lightfoot. “There’s no lie that you clearly will not tell. It is sad and pathetic.”

“Just really disrespectfull,” said Preckwinkle.

While both candidates held their own in the forum, a new Lightfoot poll of 799 voters shows her with a substantial lead of Preckwinkle at 59 percent to 29 percent.

And hoping to expand that lead, Lightfoot released a new ad highlighting Preckwinkle’s ties to the Democratic party, including hiring Ald. Ed Burke’s son for a six figure county job.

Friday could bring a key endorsement for either Preckwinkle or Lightfoot. Businessman Willie Wilson, who won more wards than any mayoral candidate in the election, is expected t announce who he’s supporting for mayor.

Wilson: Whoever I Endorse Will Be The Next Mayor Of Chicago

CHICAGO (CBS) —The candidate who won the most wards the first round of Chicago’s mayoral election didn’t make the runoff.

But CBS 2 political reporter Derrick Blakley explained why Willie Wilson thinks he can determine who wins it.

“Whoever I endorse will be the next mayor of the city of Chicago.”

Meet the man who would be king-maker. Willie Wilson believes his backing will be key. And both candidates, Toni Preckwinkle and Lori Lightfoot have already contacted him.

“Both of them asked for my support as an endorsement,” he said.

And it’s not hard to see why. Wilson won 14 wards, the most of any candidate, concentrated on the south and west sides. In other words, African-American wards.

“They’re asking for my lead. They’ll go whichever way I say go,” Wilson said.

Both Preckwinkle and Lightfoot call themselves progressives. But Wilson is pro-business, concerned about jobs, taxes, and petty fees. He wants to hear the finalists’ ideas about that.

“You see, if you raise taxes, you run jobs and businesses out of Chicago. Jobs, contracts, inclusion, these red light cameras bag taxes. Those are the keys to my campaign that I’ve been talking about.”

And before he decides, Wilson is polling his supporters on his Facebook page. Supporters who are mostly black and socially conservative. When asked if they would object to an endorsement of Lori Lightfoot, who is openly gay, Wilson said that’s not really new.

“I’m going to encourage the people who are church-based to look at the social economic issue. People got to eat. People going to die losing their homes. Let’s look at those issues.”

Wilson said the Facebook poll from his supporters is up and running. He said he expects to meet with Lightfoot on Friday and with Preckwinkle in a few days.

 

 

McCarthy Running For Mayor?

CHICAGO (CBS) — A big announcement is expected next week from former Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy.

In an email to CBS 2 he wrote that it’s not a secret that Chicagoans have asked him to run for mayor.

“I have taken those calls to heart,” writes McCarthy. “At some point next week I will be making my final decision and sharing that with my supporters and the citizens of Chicago.”

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel fired McCarthy in 2015 after Chicago officer Jason Van Dyke was charged with murder in the shooting death of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald.

RELATED: McCarthy Forms Exploratory Committee For Mayoral Run

Donald Trump tweets: ‘I will send in the Feds’ if Chicago doesn’t reduce ‘carnage’

Donald Trump issued a tweet about “carnage" in Chicago, suggesting that if the city doesn’t reduce its homicide rate, “I will send in the Feds!”

Donald Trump tweets: ‘I will send in the Feds’ if Chicago doesn’t reduce ‘carnage’

Donald Trump issued a tweet about “carnage" in Chicago, suggesting that if the city doesn’t reduce its homicide rate, “I will send in the Feds!”

Donald Trump tweets: ‘I will send in the Feds’ if Chicago doesn’t reduce ‘carnage’

Donald Trump issued a tweet about “carnage" in Chicago, suggesting that if the city doesn’t reduce its homicide rate, “I will send in the Feds!”

Donald Trump tweets: ‘I will send in the Feds’ if Chicago doesn’t reduce ‘carnage’

Donald Trump issued a tweet about “carnage" in Chicago, suggesting that if the city doesn’t reduce its homicide rate, “I will send in the Feds!”