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Karen Lewis on CTU and mayoral run: 'Yes, I can do both jobs'

Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis said on Thursday she doesn't see a problem with staying put in her high-profile position with labor should she decide to run for mayor. "Yes, I can do both jobs," Lewis told E&O. "People act like I'm the only one in this office and that I do all these different things. We have a bargaining team of 75 people."

Now that Karen Lewis may be making a run for mayor, she's quickly mastered Twitter.

Hey Karen Lewis, I can still read your Tweets

This might come as a shock to Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis. But I can read her Tweets. I say this because for some reason months ago, Lewis blocked me as a follower after I tried sending her a direct message to follow up on a story.

Curtis Lawrence, Professor of Journalism, Columbia College, Chicago | Photo by JOHN J. KIM

Rauner camp denies Columbia journ students press conference entry

Columbia College Professor Curtis Lawrence and his 12 journalism students received a cold welcome when they arrived at a Bruce Rauner press conference on Tuesday in River North.

The Rauner campaign would not allow them into that press event -- or future events -- saying only "working media" could enter.

Bruce Rauner said he wouldn't have signed medical marijuana legislation, calling the application process secretive and ripe for corruption. | Al Podgorski/Sun-Times

Rauner: Medical marijuana licenses should go to highest bidder

Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner governor on Tuesday said medical marijuana licenses should go up for auction in Illinois to bring tax relief. 

Karen Lewis, president of the Chicago Teachers Union, addresses the crowd at a rally during the teacher strike in 2012. | AP

Pro-Rahm group tells Karen Lewis to choose: Mayor's race or CTU

A group that has supported Mayor Rahm Emanuel in the past on Tuesday called on Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis to make a choice: Declare candidacy for mayor or lead in negotiating the next teachers contract. 

Gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner renews his call for Gov. Quinn to fire all of the illegal hires made during his administration. | Brian Jackson/Sun-Times

Bruce Rauner says he's been 'crystal clear' on who he is

Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner on Monday dismissed a Chicago Magazine profile that published a story asking "Will the real Bruce Rauner Please Stand Up?" Rauner said he's been "crystal clear" about who he is.

Bruce Rauner read off a lengthy attack on Quinn and a patronage hiring scandal at the Illinois Department of Transportation. | Brian Jackson/Sun-Times

Rauner: Quinn pretending to be a 'folksy, bumbling fool'

Coming off a weekend where he's down in the polls, Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner launched one of the harshest attacks yet against Gov. Pat Quinn, likening Quinn to a crafty political patronage boss who heads an "Outfit" that's steeped in cronyism. Quinn running mate Paul Vallas had his own harsh words, accusing Rauner of profiting from "fraud and abuse" in his businesses.

White Sox owner Jerry Reinsdorf in May 2013. | Sun-Times

Hedging bets: Reinsdorf among donors who give to Quinn and Rauner

What do the leaders of the Bulls, Groupon and a major real estate firm have in common? They all have supported Republican Bruce Rauner for governor. Oh, and they all have supported Democratic incumbent Gov. Pat Quinn for re-election. In the same election cycle. 

Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis | Brian Jackson/Sun-Times

How the mayoral money contest can change overnight

We've heard it again and again in the race for Chicago mayor. If CTU President Karen Lewis really wants to launch a run against the formidable Mayor Rahm Emanuel, she had better pull the trigger — and fast — to compete against the millions of dollars Emanuel has stockpiled.