Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle to launch exploratory committee for Chicago mayor

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle will announce Monday she is creating a campaign committee to explore a possible run for Chicago mayor, sources familiar with her plans confirmed.

Preckwinkle has spent the last two days calling community members and potential campaign donors and asking them to join or support her exploratory committee, which would be unveiled less than a week after Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced he would not seek a third term, the sources said. By launching a political fund for a possible bid, Preckwinkle’s move would represent the strongest sign yet of any new candidate contemplating an entry into the already crowded mayoral field.

A campaign representative did not immediately respond to a request seeking comment.

The Hyde Park Democrat’s exploration of a mayoral run would come while she is on the ballot for a third term as the county’s chief executive. Preckwinkle, 71, defeated former Ald. Bob Fioretti in the March primary, collecting 58 percent of the vote. She is unopposed in the November general election.

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September 7, 2018 at 10:30AM

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