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Race for Chicago mayor shaping up

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis formally registered with the State Board of Elections on Wednesday.

Lewis' formal paperwork creating a mayoral campaign committee was time-stamped Wednesday morning by state officials. In it, Lewis promised -- if her new group is dissolved -- that the American Red Cross would get any leftover cash.

Some activists, who hope that'll never happen, tried to disrupt an appearance Wednesday by current mayor Rahm Emanuel.

“Rahm Emanuel's got to go! Hey, hey, ho, ho, Rahm Emanuel's got to go,” activists chanted.

At a groundbreaking with U.S. secretary of Housing and Urban Development Julian Castro, Mayor Emanuel boasted of what a new recreation center and new apartments for senior citizens would mean for a section of the South Side.

“And I want to thank you on behalf of the entire City of Chicago for your persistence in making sure that Woodlawn was part of the Chicago dream,” Emanuel said.

Emanuel's increasingly in campaign-style mode, with potential rivals such as union leader Lewis preparing to collect signatures on nominating petitions next month. She said a possible $1 million contribution from the Washington, D.C.-based American Federation of Teachers would be a game-changer.

“I am so seriously considering this. Before, I was just thinking about it. Now, I'm seriously considering,” Lewis said.

Alderman Bob Fioretti said he's seriously considering a campaign for mayor as well, and will announce his decision by mid-September. Nominating petitions for mayor must be filed in November, right after Illinoisans have elected a new governor.

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