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Karen Lewis' Mayoral Committee Files Papers With Illinois State Board of Elections

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8/19/2014: Karen Lewis speaks to a crowd at a "Conversations with Karen" event in the 19th Ward.

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Karen Lewis is one step closer to entering the race for Chicago mayor.

The Chicago Teachers Union president's mayoral committee filed "statement of organization" papers Tuesday with the Illinois State Board of Elections.

The form states the committee will be created for supporting a candidate running for mayor.

The move comes after Lewis spoke to potential voters at a "Conversations With Karen" event Tuesday at the Beverly Woods Banquet Hall in the 19th Ward. During the third event in her "listening tour" series, she said she's still deciding whether to run in next year's election.

"I will decide when I have certain things in place," Lewis said, "and those things are, primarily, the three things you need to run a campaign. You've got to have money, you've got to have people and you've got to have time, so I want to run things on my timeline."

Still she continues to sound more like a potential mayoral candidate.

Lewis acknowledged she can't compete with incumbent Mayor Rahm Emanuel's $8 million war chest and figures it will climb even higher.

"The good news is the majority of people who have the money who will be voting for him won't be able to vote because they won't live here," Lewis said.

She confirmed she filed the necessary paperwork Tuesday in order to comply with campaign finance laws in Illinois.

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