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Ald. Bob Fioretti (2nd) at a City Council meeting in May. File Photo. | Brian Jackson/Sun-Times

Will progressives flop again?

“The Left Blows its Big Chance,” read the February 2011 headline. My column predicted that Chicago’s so-called progressives would fail in their crusade to win the 5th Floor of City Hall. Three weeks later, Rahm Emanuel was elected mayor of Chicago. Will they blow it again? 

Off Message: Chicago Mayoral Race

Natasha Korecki, Mary Mitchell, Neil Steinberg and Mary Ann Ahern discuss the state of the mayoral race after Toni Preckwinkle announced she's not running.

Progressive movement that thrived in NYC coming to Chicago

When it comes to New York City comparisons, Chicagoans defensively side with their own city. We love Chicago-style pizza, we’ll take our losing sports teams over the Yankees any day and our architecture is second to none, thank you very much. But if you’re really in love with Chicago politics, brace yourselves.

Illinois Sen. Kwame Raoul, D-Chicago, ask questions during a committee hearing at the Illinois State Capitol in January 2013 in Springfield. | Seth Perlman/AP

Kwame Raoul, Emil Jones eyed as possible mayoral contenders

Exclusive: Sneed is told that top African-American business and civic leaders are scheduling a meeting in August with Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis, who has formed an exploratory committee, but a top source tells Sneed that state Sen. Kwame Raoul should be regarded as a “bona fide contender.”

Ald. Roderick Sawyer says Karen Lewis "would bring a light on a lot of issues" if she runs for mayor. | Brian Jackson/Sun-Times

Ald. Sawyer calls Karen Lewis a viable opponent to Rahm

Ald. Roderick Sawyer (6th), the son of a onetime Chicago Mayor Eugene Sawyer, told Early & Often on Tuesday that Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis would be a "viable" contender should she enter the mayoral race.

CTU President Karen Lewis talks to reporters in March. File Photo. | Rich Hein/Sun-Times

Karen Lewis inches closer to run — crafting exploratory committee

Karen Lewis’ potential bid for Chicago Mayor has moved beyond just a thought — it’s  an “organic,” growing movement, the fiery Chicago Teachers Union president said. Lewis revealed on Monday she already has an unofficial exploratory committee in the works, a chairperson has been named and her camp is working to have a representative in each of the city’s 77 neighborhoods. 

Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis is hugged by a supporter outside Chicago Board of Education headquarters at 125 S. Clark St. in 2013. File Photo. | Rich Hein~Sun-Times

Exclusive poll: Karen Lewis could give Rahm run for his money

For the past couple of weeks, Karen Lewis has been saying she is “seriously” considering running for mayor. It turns out voters are taking the fiery Chicago Teachers Union president’s potential candidacy seriously as well, based on a surprising new Early & Often poll.

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