Fresh off his announcement that he's running for mayor, Ald. Bob Fioretti stops by Off Message to talk with Natasha Korecki, Fran Spielman and Dan Mihalopoulos about why he's running, the hurdles he faces and how he plans to defeat Rahm Emanuel, $25 at a time.
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."
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.
Karen Lewis, president of the Chicago Teachers Union, addresses the crowd at a rally during the teacher strike in 2012. | AP
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.
Possible mayoral hopeful Karen Lewis last week traveled to Newark and apparently took part in a series of meetings and seminars, including with the city's mayor, who happens to have a bit in common
Buttons that a Karen Lewis spokeswoman said are being created by union members and other supporters who want the CTU president to run for mayor. File Photo.
The not-yet-formally-announced mayoral campaign of Karen Lewis is taking shape. After registering a campaign committee in late August and this month loaning it $40,000 of her own money, Chicago Teachers Union boss Karen Lewis has now put a long-time political activist in charge.
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.
Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis chats about the future last month. | Brian Jackson/Sun-Times
At a forum in the South Shore neighborhood Monday night, Karen Lewis didn't answer the top question: "Will she run for mayor?" But “Fire Rahm” signs were handed out at the entrance and volunteers were asking attendees for signatures to put Lewis on the mayoral ballot.
Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis outside Chicago Public Schools headquarters last month. | Chandler West/For Sun-Times Media
Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis put $40,000 of her own money toward a mayoral exploration effort in hopes of signaling to donors that she should be taken seriously. Still, Lewis, who told the Sun-Times on Monday that the money was a loan, wasn’t ready to commit to actually running.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel speaking at the Chicago Public Schools Annual Back to School Inter-Faith Breakfast at the New Life Community Church last week. | Brian Jackson/Sun-Times
Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s re-election campaign is looking to hire people to help collect the nominating signatures needed to get the mayor’s name on the February ballot.
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