Toni Preckwinkle, Cook County Board President, is reportedly exploring the possible run for mayor of Chicago. She is expected to make an announcement on Monday that a campaign committee is being created to explore a possible mayoral run.
Preckwinkle, 71-year-old, was elected on November 2, 2010, as President of the Cook County Board, the Executive Branch of Cook County government and is the first woman to be elected to that position. She was a five-term alderman in the Chicago City Council, representing Chicago's 4th ward.
Preckwinkle announcement comes in the wake of Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel own announcement that he won't seek reelection to a third term. The day after Emanuel abruptly dropping his bid for a third term, he predicted that whoever succeeds him as mayor has yet to declare his or her candidacy.