In a statement issued Tuesday, Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle issued a statement saying that she will not run for mayor in 2015.
The statement reads in part: “I have decided to rule out a run for Mayor of Chicago in 2015 because I made a commitment to reform Cook County’s criminal justice system, transform our healthcare system, and ensure the viability of our pension system. We are making progress, but we still have work to do.
She continues: “I appreciate all of those who have expressed confidence in me by urging me to run for Mayor, and I hope you will continue to support me going forward.”
Following Preckwinkle’s announcement, Mayor Rahm Emanuel released a statement: “Toni Preckwinkle has been a strong partner in tackling many of the challenges facing Chicago neighborhoods, and an outspoken voice for criminal justice and pension reform. The unprecedented cooperation between the City and County has produced more than $65 million in taxpayer savings, a reformed workforce board that’s finding jobs for more Chicagoans, and expanded partnership to expand minority and women-owned businesses. I agree that we have more work to do together on these and other issues so that we can find ways to improve Chicago and Cook County for everybody.”
Meanwhile, Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis is taking the first step toward running for mayor by setting up an unofficial exploratory committee.
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