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Preckwinkle Blasts Mayor's Crime Strategy

Insiders say Cook County board president may be weighing a run for mayor

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Preckwinkle Blasts Mayor's Crime Strategy

March 2011: Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle and Mayor-elect Rahm Emanuel announce the creation of a joint committee tasked with examining county and city operations and identifying ways to cut costs.

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While many have wondered if Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle might be interested in running for governor or senator, there’s no place like home.

Perhaps she may be looking ahead to the 2015 mayoral race?

Preckwinkle on Thursday publicly criticized Mayor Rahm Emanuel and his police superintendent, Garry McCarthy, like no other politician has been willing to do.

"Clearly, this mayor and this police chief have decided the way in which they are going to deal with the terrible violence that faces our community is just arrest everybody. I don’t think in the long term that’s going to be successful," she said during a lunch-time speech before the Union League Club.

Preckwinkle tied the violence to Chicago schools and a low graduation rate.

"We have contented ourselves with a miserable education system at that has failed many of our children," Preckwinkle, a former high school history teacher, told the attendees.

She later tempered her criticism, saying it wasn't aimed directly at Emanuel.

"This was a critique of all of us, it wasn’t aimed at the mayor," she said.

However, after talking to several insiders, it’s clear. Circle this date: Preckwinkle versus Emanuel, game on.

The next mayoral election is slated for February of 2015.

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