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Karen Lewis, president of the Chicago Teachers Union, holds a news conference in 2012. | Richard A. Chapman/Sun-Times

Old video suggests shift in Karen Lewis’ views on job training

Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis has denounced Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s controversial hiring preference for Chicago Public School graduates as a “meaningless stunt." Instead of offering CPS high school graduates special treatment, Lewis suggested turning after-school programs at the police and fire academies “into an in-school Career and Technical Education program.” Now, a videotaped interview of Lewis has surfaced in which the possible mayoral challenger appears to be arguing just the opposite.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel (left) and Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis.

Who said it: Karen Lewis or Rahm Emanuel?

Here's your chance to see how well you know Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis.

Off Message: Rahm and the Unions

Natash Korecki is joined by Fran Spielman, Mark Brown and Kristen Crowell to discuss Rahm Emanuel's relationship with unions, both the ones that support him and the ones that oppose him.

Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis talks about her childhood, her father, the minimum wage, potholes and other topics Thursday night before nearly 100 people who packed into chicken restaurant Thursday night in the Little Village neighborhood. | Mitch Dudek/Sun-Times

Karen Lewis says dad seeded her populist platform

Sounding like a budding superhero trying to sell her origin story, possible mayoral candidate Karen Lewis delved into her formative years Thursday night before nearly 100 people who had packed into a chicken restaurant in the Little Village neighborhood. On Saturdays, her father would take her for rides in his raggedy old Plymouth, which she called the “Flintstone car.” She joked that if you pulled up the floor mats, you could see the pavement. At age 7, on of those rides, her dad told her, “You get an education, you maintain your dignity and then you fight like hell to never let anyone take that away from you.”

Chicago Teacher's Union President Karen Lewis. | Brian Jackson/Sun-Times

CTU president Lewis opens campaign fund for possible mayoral bid

Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis inched closer to a formal bid to unseat Rahm Emanuel as mayor with the creation of a campaign committee with the State Board of Elections Wednesday morning.

Neil Steinberg takes the ice bucket challenge for ALS. | Richard A. Chapman/Sun-Times

My ice bucket list: Elena Kagan, Eric Zorn and Karen Lewis

Midafternoon Monday, my first day back at the office after a two-week vacation, I hop online, poke around and see what’s trending and, oh look, I’ve been tagged in a video. Let’s see what the video is: My older son and his pal Matthew, holding buckets, standing before the little fountain in downtown Northbrook. 

Karen Lewis | AP

National union chief pledges $1M if Karen Lewis runs for mayor

The head of the American Federation of Teachers says the national union is ready to spend $1 million to help Karen Lewis unseat Mayor Rahm Emanuel if the Chicago Teachers Union president decides to run. Emanuel “has shown a deep disrespect for what public education is all about,” AFT leader Randi Weingarten told the Chicago Sun-Times Tuesday.

Rahm Emanuel | Richard A. Chapman/Sun-Times

'People want to find some reason to vote against Rahm'

Rahm Emanuel swept into the Chicago mayor's office with support from across the city, a nod from favorite son Barack Obama and a promise — some might say a threat — to tackle Chicago's many problems with the same ferocity that made him at times feared in national politics. Almost four years into his term, the former White House chief of staff has been true to his word. And along the way, he's ticked off enough people to expect, by most accounts, a serious challenge when he seeks a second term early next year.

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