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Chicago mayor-elect Lori Lightfoot, center, photographed in December 2017 with her former Mayer Brown partners Rajesh De, left, and Andrew Pincus. Photo: Diego M. Radzinschi/ALM

CHICAGO—Lori Lightfoot’s victory in the race to be the city’s next mayor was historic for a number of reasons. She will be the first black woman and first openly gay person to serve as the city’s mayor. And for a city used to seeing its public officials in trouble with federal prosecutors, Lightfoot’s past as an assistant U.S. attorney may have been viewed as refreshing by many voters.

Lightfoot is also a former Mayer Brown partner who gave up Big Law life last year to pursue her upstart, progressive mayoral campaign—vowing to invest in schools, neighborhoods and violent streets that she said were long overlooked by the city’s powerful political class in favoring of its shimmering downtown business quarter.

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