- Associated Press - Thursday, June 26, 2014

CHICAGO (AP) - Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle still isn’t saying whether she’ll run against Rahm Emanuel for Chicago mayor next year.

Preckwinkle spoke Thursday at the City Club of Chicago. In a news conference with reporters afterward, she was asked repeatedly whether she’s ruled out a mayoral bid.

Preckwinkle would say only that she’s running for re-election as Cook County Board president in November. She says she has a “big to-do list” for that job.

The former Chicago alderman is frequently mentioned as a potential challenger to Emanuel.

She said Thursday she’s focused on reducing a budget shortfall projected to be $169 million next year and on making reforms at the county jail.

Preckwinkle also is pushing legislation to address the county’s unfunded pension liability.

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