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Chico, Flores Throw Hats into Mayoral Race; Braun Considering

The latest politician to join the Chicago mayoral race, Carol Moseley Braun announced Monday that she was considering about the position now that Mayor Daley has announced he will not run for re-election.

Braun’s supporters are already circulating nomination petitions which she said will allow her to have “a conversation with the people of Chicago about the course our city is going to take” before committing to run.

Illinois Commerce Commission Chairman Manny Flores announced Saturday he was running. City Colleges Chief Gery Chico made his bid for mayor official Monday.

Monday, Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart, while not naming names, said people should not run for office to make money.

“There are too many people that gravitate toward politics that are in it for the ego; quite a few of them are in it for the money.” Also adding, “If you’re serious about politics, you’re serious about government, you can’t be in it to try to make money. If you’re dreams are having multiple houses and cars and the rest of it, you’re in the wrong business, and you need to get out of it. The people like that are the ones destroying it for everybody else, and it’s really horrible.”

As of yet, Chicago City Clerk Miguel Del Valle and state Sen. Rickey Hendon (D-Chicago) have announced they’re in the race to succeed Daley. Others who have said they are considering running include U.S. Rep. Luis Gutierrez, Cook County Assessor Jim Houlihan and a host of aldermen. President Obama’s chief of staff, Rahm Emanuel, is still sounding out allies about a run and his polling his support in the city.