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Chicago mayoral candidate Lori Lightfoot released the following statement in response to inflammatory remarks at a Saturday Preckwinkle rally.

“My vision for this mayoral campaign was clear from the beginning: I want to be the mayor for all Chicago,” said Lightfoot. “Our city has many challenges to face, and we will not be able to tackle them when we are divided from our fellow residents. The “rally” led by Toni Preckwinkle on Saturday was beyond unfortunate, it was divisive. There is no room in this campaign for hate-filled rhetoric, and I call on her to denounce the tactics of division and fear-mongering as this campaign enters its final days.

“While I’m saddened by what we heard on Saturday, I know that Chicagoans will reject the rhetoric of division. I know because I have been talking to people from one end of this city to the other, and it’s clear that they want and deserve a better government – a government that is open, accessible and effective. A government that serves every community with better schools, safer streets, and affordable places to live. And they want a mayor who will call out the best in everyone, unite people behind a common vision of forging a new way forward. I hope to be able to lead the city in this direction. Chicagoans deserve nothing less.”