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Second Ward Ald. Bob Fioretti’s Sept. 13 announcement of his candidacy marked the unofficial kickoff of the 2015 mayoral campaign. | AP file

Look for a Fioretti & Lewis tango

Fioretti can’t take City Hall on his own. Right now, his standing in the mayor's race is limited to his old base and hyperactive progressives who will take “Anybody but Rahm.” Fioretti could raise $3 million-plus. Count on Emanuel to pull in $20 million-plus. If it’s mano a mano, it’s over. Fioretti needs another contender: Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis.

Jimmy Fallon will be a little drier when he brings the 'Tonight Show' to Chicago than when he participated in the city's Polar Plunge in March. | AP Photo/Andrew A. Nelles

Fallon keeps deal with Emanuel, brings 'Tonight Show' to Chicago

'Tonight Show' host Jimmy Fallon told Mayor Rahm Emanuel he'd bring the Tonight Show' to Chicago if the city's students hit the books. They did, and he will.

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.

Through his Chicago Forward PAC, Mayor Rahm Emanuel is trying to ensure that the City Council will continue to rubber-stamp his agenda. | Brian Jackson/Sun-Times Media

How to win Rahm's love if you're running for alderman

The smart way for City Council candidates to complete a questionnaire from the mayor's PAC

Chicago charter schools doing better than many claim

Recent Sun-Times coverage of Chicago charter school performance, as well as an opinion piece by a CPS principal, both draw sweeping conclusions from limited data about how charter schools and district-run schools compare. We at the Illinois Network of Charter Schools feel compelled to tell the rest of the story. 

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. 

Mayor Rahm Emanuel reached a contract agreement with rank-and-file police officers, but that doesn't mean they'll vote for him. | Rob Dicker/Sun-Times Media

Cops get a new contract — but they still won't vote for Rahm

With news that Mayor Emanuel has given police a new contract, I had to ask some cops I know: Are you going to vote for Rahm?

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