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



    Karen Lewis Lays Groundwork for Possible Mayoral Run

    8/19/2014: Karen Lewis speaks to a crowd at a "Conversations with Karen" event in the 19th Ward. (Published Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014)

    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.

    Karen Lewis Defends Six-Figure Salary

    [CHI] Karen Lewis Defends Six-Figure Salary
    8/13/2014: Karen Lewis answers questions about her over $200 thousand dollar a year income and real estate holdings. NBC 5's Mary Ann Ahern reports.
    (Published Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014)

    "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.

    Karen Lewis Answers Critics on Homes, Salary

    [CHI] Karen Lewis Answers Critics on Homes, Salary
    The Chicago Teacher's Union President and potential mayoral candidate said Wednesday that she doesn't know what all the hubbub about her multiple homes is all about.
    (Published Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014)

    "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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