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Five things to know as Hillary Clinton heads to Iowa

As the former secretary of state/senator/first lady ponders another presidential bid, a Chicago firm, 270 Strategies, is part of an extensive effort to build a political infrastructure for Clinton if and when she takes the plunge.

270 Strategies, at 401 W. Superior, is one of the top consultants for the Ready for Hillary political action committee, which is running a sort of shadow campaign to build an organization for Clinton to quickly tap if she gets in. The partners at 270 are veterans of the Chicago-based Obama presidential campaigns, and they specialize in grass-roots organizing.

Lynda Tran, a 270 partner who is a Ready for Hillary adviser, said the group has been planning a campaign-style welcome in Iowa for her and encouraging Iowa supporters to attend the Harkin Steak Fry.

"Ready for Hillary is also purchasing tickets and arranging buses for Students for Hillary supporters who want to attend the event -- buses will depart from Drake University, Grinnell [College], Iowa State University, the University of Iowa and the University of Northern Iowa," Tran told me in an email.

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