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Rahm Steps Up Fundraising Efforts For Re-Election

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    NEWSLETTERS

    Looks like Mayor Rahm Emanuel is gearing up for another four years.

    Emanuel reportedly has kicked his fundraising efforts into high gear, pulling in more than $567,000 in the last quarter of 2012 and raising $87,000 so far this year, according to the Chicago Tribune.

    It's a sign that he plans to seek re-election, but it's not the only one.

    The website, chicagoforrahm.com, is still alive and well, and Emanuel has sent out emails through the campaign site as recently as December to wish Chicaogans a happy holidays and to fundraise for charity.

    "From the bottom of my heart, I wish you and your family a wonderful holiday season," he wrote in the "Chicago for Rahm Emanuel" email. "May your new year be healthy, happy, and full of hope."

    A re-election race is still two years away, but Emanuel has been around the fundraising bend a few times already, for himself, for Bill Clinton and in November for President Barack Obama.

    Besides he might already have some competition. Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis, who negotiated through this summer's strike on behalf of Chicago Public Schools teachers, might be on the list to run against him. Speculation has it Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle could step up too.

    The next mayoral election is slated for February of 2015.