Is this the day Lightfoot finally announces her re-election campaign?

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The event is a June 7 fundraiser in River North. The exact location was not disclosed. Sponsorships will go for as much as $10,000, with individual tickets starting at $250.

As is typical with political events, top-tier donors—those who contribute at least $5,000—will be able to attend a separate, smaller event, too. The note asks those interested in donating “at a higher level” to contact the campaign.

The email noted that campaign caps already have been busted by one of Lightfoot’s opponents, businessman Willie Wilson. That means there now are no limits on how much someone can contribute to a mayoral candidate.

“Three years ago, a committed group of people forever changed the trajectory of Chicago. Join me and friends on June 7th in support of Lightfoot for Chicago, so that we can continue to make progress on the enormous range of challenges we still face,” says the email. “There’s still so much to do, and I look forward to sharing our continued vision for our great city.”

Lightfoot has strongly suggested in recent weeks that she is running, despite recent woes, including strong disagreement over where to locate a Chicago casino, and a shooting at the Bean in Millennium Park that killed a 16-year-old and led Lightfoot to ban unaccompanied juveniles there on weekends.

Sources close to her are not denying that the June 7 event amounts to a campaign kickoff.

The mayor also has been traveling the country in search of campaign cash, most recently in Texas.

Others in the mayoral race so far are state Rep. Kam Buckner; 15th Ward Ald. Ray Lopez and Wilson. Former schools chief Paul Vallas and Ald. Rod Sawyer, 6th, say they may get in soon. Two big names have bowed out: former U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan and U.S. Rep. Mike Quigley.

via Crain’s Chicago Business

May 17, 2022 at 05:53PM

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