In light of the news about Karen Lewis' illness, Natasha Korecki is joined by Rosalind Rossi, Lauren FitzPatrick and Dan Mihalopoulos to reflect on Lewis' legacy and the mark she has left on Chicago up to this point.
For the first time since she was hospitalized on Oct. 5 for a brain tumor, Chicago Teachers Union president Karen Lewis released a statement, thanking well-wishers for supporting her.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel jokingly tells a parade participant to move along during the Memorial Day Parade on North State Street in 2011. Left of Emanuel is Ald. Bob Fioretti (2nd). | Sun-Times library
Mayor Rahm Emanuel said Wednesday he plans on waging a “vigorous campaign” for re-election that includes debates with Ald. Bob Fioretti (2nd), even though the field no longer includes Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis.
Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis, Vice President Jesse Sharkey and union attorney Robert Bloch at a news conference after the union rejected a fact-finder's recommendations in July 2012. | Sun-Times file photo
Now that Karen Lewis is officially out of the mayor’s race, the buzz has focused on what happens without her as she seeks treatment for a brain tumor.
With Karen Lewis out of the race, Mayor Rahm Emanuel could get a “sizeable chunk” of the African-American vote after using his $9.5 million campaign warchest to explain 50 school closings and other decisions that alienated black voters, an influential alderman said Tuesday.
Karen Lewis has already undergone a five-hour surgery at Northwestern Memorial Hospital and is scheduled for a regimen of chemotherapy and radiation, a source close to Lewis has told the Sun-Times. | Brian Jackson/Sun-Times
Key factors in the prognosis for brain cancer patients are the type and location of the tumor — and those details have not been disclosed in the case of Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis, 61, who recently was reported to have a cancerous brain tumor.
Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis appears at a rally of thousands of public school teachers in Chicago in 2012. | Sitthixay Ditthavong/AP
It’s not too late for another candidate to come forward who would have a chance of defeating Mayor Rahm Emanuel for re-election. But it’s very, very unlikely. With a hospitalized and seriously ill Karen Lewis ruling herself out of the race, Emanuel becomes the odds on favorite for four more years in office.
Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis is hugged by a supporter outside Chicago Board of Education headquarters last year. | Rich Hein/Sun-Times
Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis, who just pulled out of mayoral contention, is suffering from a cancerous brain tumor that was diagnosed shortly after she experienced a severe headache last week.
Gov. Pat Quinn and Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis at a luncheon in 2012. | Sun-Times library
Gov. Pat Quinn hasn't spoken to Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis since she had an unspecified surgery, but the governor said the two exchanged some kind words.
Chicago Teachers Union officials revealed on Thursday that CTU president Karen Lewis has a serious illness, underwent surgery Wednesday and is "alert and comfortable."
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