Candidates in Mayor's Race Getting Busy

CHICAGO (AP) -- Telephones are ringing. Ballot petitions are being circulated. And various interest groups are vetting who to support.

The Chicago mayor's race is heating up in a behind-the-scenes way as candidates and possible candidates are jockeying for position even as they wonder if what would be the race's biggest name -- White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel -- is going to run or not.

Likely candidate state Sen. James Meeks says he's meeting with business leaders, union leaders and community activists to gauge support and, just as importantly, who might contribute money to his campaign.

Some are showing up at local events to make sure various groups -- cops marching in protest against their boss, for starters -- know they're in their corner.

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