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Karen Lewis inching closer to mayoral run

CTU President Karen Lewis talks reporters about state negotiations with city underfunded teachers' pensions Friday March 28 2014. | Rich

CTU President Karen Lewis talks to reporters about the state of negotiations with the city on the underfunded teachers' pensions Friday, March 28, 2014. | Rich Hein/Sun-Times

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Karen Lewis’ potential bid for Chicago Mayor has moved beyond just a thought — it’s an “organic,” growing movement, the fiery Chicago Teachers Union president said.

Lewis revealed on Monday she already has an unofficial exploratory committee in the works, a chairperson has been named and her camp is working to have a representative in each of the city’s 77 neighborhoods.

Since an Early & Often poll released Sunday put Lewis at a 9-percentage-point advantage over Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Lewis’ phone has been ringing nonstop, she said.

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