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Chicago mayoral candidate Lori Lightfoot will be on the ballot after this morning’s hearing at the Board of Elections. At the hearing, Toni Preckwinkle’s campaign withdrew their challenge to the Lightfoot campaign’s petition signatures. Based on Board of Elections estimates, at the time that the Preckwinkle campaign withdrew the challenge, the Lightfoot campaign had over 24,000 valid signatures.

“We beat the machine today,” said Lightfoot. “And we made history, too. I’m proud to be the first LGBTQ+ person ever to make the ballot for mayor of Chicago.

“After wasting the time of dozens of City employees and the hard-earned tax dollars of every Chicagoan, Preckwinkle finally admitted defeat. And after collecting tens of thousands of petition signatures and fighting this frivolous challenge line by line, our volunteers can fully focus on mobilizing our neighborhoods to make sure we defeat the machine again in February.”