WATCH: Toni Preckwinkle on Newsviews, Part 1
Toni Preckwinkle was elected in 2010 as Cook County Board President, the first African American woman elected to run the roughly $5 billion government of the 2nd largest county in the nation. Online she highlights having taken "steps to unseat incumbent State's Attorney Anita Alvarez" in 2015.
As the top executive in Cook County, Toni oversees one of the nation's largest public health and hospitals systems and, one of the largest criminal justice systems and the largest Forest Preserve system in the country.
WATCH: Toni Preckwinkle on Newsviews, Part 2
Before her political career, Toni Preckwinkle spent 10 years teaching high school history. She credits her time in the classroom as not only preparing her for public service but helping to shape her policy priorities. During that time, according to her campaign website, she lost a student to gun violence.
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She also spent time working for Mayor Harold Washington's Department of Economic Development.
Biographical information from toniforchicago.com.