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Off Message: Fioretti's mayoral prospects

Fresh off his announcement that he's running for mayor, Ald. Bob Fioretti stops by Off Message to talk with Natasha Korecki, Fran Spielman and Dan Mihalopoulos about why he's running, the hurdles he faces and how he plans to defeat Rahm Emanuel, $25 at a time.

Karen Lewis on CTU and mayoral run: 'Yes, I can do both jobs'

Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis said on Thursday she doesn't see a problem with staying put in her high-profile position with labor should she decide to run for mayor. "Yes, I can do both jobs," Lewis told E&O. "People act like I'm the only one in this office and that I do all these different things. We have a bargaining team of 75 people."

Now that Karen Lewis may be making a run for mayor, she's quickly mastered Twitter.

Hey Karen Lewis, I can still read your Tweets

This might come as a shock to Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis. But I can read her Tweets. I say this because for some reason months ago, Lewis blocked me as a follower after I tried sending her a direct message to follow up on a story.

Karen Lewis, president of the Chicago Teachers Union, addresses the crowd at a rally during the teacher strike in 2012. | AP

Pro-Rahm group tells Karen Lewis to choose: Mayor's race or CTU

A group that has supported Mayor Rahm Emanuel in the past on Tuesday called on Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis to make a choice: Declare candidacy for mayor or lead in negotiating the next teachers contract. 

Buttons that a Karen Lewis spokeswoman said are being created by union members and other supporters who want the CTU president to run for mayor. File Photo.

Emanuel versus Lewis shifts up a gear

The not-yet-formally-announced mayoral campaign of Karen Lewis is taking shape. After registering a campaign committee in late August and this month loaning it $40,000 of her own money, Chicago Teachers Union boss Karen Lewis has now put a long-time political activist in charge.

Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis | Brian Jackson/Sun-Times

How the mayoral money contest can change overnight

We've heard it again and again in the race for Chicago mayor. If CTU President Karen Lewis really wants to launch a run against the formidable Mayor Rahm Emanuel, she had better pull the trigger — and fast — to compete against the millions of dollars Emanuel has stockpiled. 

Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis chats about the future last month. | Brian Jackson/Sun-Times

Lewis fields questions on schools, cops and her vision for city

At a forum in the South Shore neighborhood Monday night, Karen Lewis didn't answer the top question: "Will she run for mayor?" But “Fire Rahm” signs were handed out at the entrance and volunteers were asking attendees for signatures to put Lewis on the mayoral ballot.

Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis outside Chicago Public Schools headquarters last month. | Chandler West/For Sun-Times Media

Karen Lewis loans $40K to her own mayoral bid

Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis put $40,000 of her own money toward a mayoral exploration effort in hopes of signaling to donors that she should be taken seriously. Still, Lewis, who told the Sun-Times on Monday that the money was a loan, wasn’t ready to commit to actually running. 

Mayor Rahm Emanuel speaking at the Chicago Public Schools Annual Back to School Inter-Faith Breakfast at the New Life Community Church last week. | Brian Jackson/Sun-Times

Help wanted: Petition organizers for Emanuel re-election

Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s re-election campaign is looking to hire people to help collect the nominating signatures needed to get the mayor’s name on the February ballot.

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