Preckwinkle pulls TV ads two weeks before mayoral election

CHICAGO — Mayoral candidate Toni Preckwinkle has pulled all of her television ads just two weeks before the Chicago mayoral election.

The shift suggests her campaign is running low on money, but they said they're just changing their strategy.

"We’re making strategic decisions to put us in the best place to win this campaign," she said.

Many black political powerhouses and faith leaders vouched for Preckwinkle's record and experience Tuesday. They praised her while critiquing Lightfoot. Congressman Danny Davis pointed out that Lightfoot has never held election office.

"It’s great to be a great choir member. You can sing in the choir. But it’s something else to stand behind that podium every Sunday and try and reach the people," he said. "We’re not just saying 'Toni, we’re going to elect you because we like you, we’re gonna elect you because we believe in you.'"

The Chicago Sun-Times Editorial Board endorsed Lightfoot in the primary and again on Tuesday urged voters to cast ballots for her on April 2.

Preckwinkle and Lightfoot were scheduled to participate in a forum at Malcolm X College hosted by 100 Black Men of Chicago at 4 p.m.

On Monday, Lightfoot reeled in endorsements from 10 labor unions.

The latest WGN poll shows Lightfoot with 58 percent of the vote, compared to Preckwinkle’s 30 percent.

A runoff election will be held on April 2.

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