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Karen Lewis

Karen Lewis on #BlackLivesMatter, Politics and Getting Back in the Mix

Jennifer Berkshire | Posted 12.15.2014 | Chicago
Jennifer Berkshire

In Karen Lewis' first full-length interview since illness forced her out of the race to replace Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, she talks about protests, politics and her little known career as as a stand-up comedian.

Joseph Erbentraut

Rahm Emanuel's Re-Election Chances Just Improved

HuffingtonPost.com | Joseph Erbentraut | Posted 10.14.2014 | Politics

Despite the fact that his local approval ratings have been dismal for some time now, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel's chances for reelection in 2015 just ...

Rahm Emanuel Foe Decides Not To Run For Mayor

AP | SOPHIA TAREEN | Posted 12.13.2014 | Politics

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis, seen as Mayor Rahm Emanuel's most high-profile re-election challenger, won't run in 201...

Mayor Emanuel Rides the Fence as Police Torturer Jon Burge Is Released From Prison

G. Flint Taylor | Posted 12.10.2014 | Chicago
G. Flint Taylor

While Burge's conviction and imprisonment were rightly seen as a major victory for the ongoing human rights struggle against police torture, the battle has continued apace.

Possible Chicago Mayoral Contender Has Surgery For Serious Illness

Reuters | Posted 12.09.2014 | Politics

By Fiona Ortiz CHICAGO, Oct 9 (Reuters) - Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis, a possible contender against Mayor Rahm Emanue...

Rahm Emanuel's Money Might Not Be Enough To Save Him

The Huffington Post | Joseph Erbentraut | Posted 09.09.2014 | Politics

While Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel's (D) approval rating among voters has continued to dwindle in recent polling, critics hoping to capitalize on the ma...

Mayor Emanuel's Love for JRW's Team, Not Neighborhoods

Jeff Kelly Lowenstein | Posted 10.27.2014 | Chicago
Jeff Kelly Lowenstein

During their run, commentators across the country noted that the Jackie Robinson West Little League team, which is composed entirely of African-American players, hails from the city's South and Southwest Sides. Many of these neighborhoods have not received the same love from Emanuel that he has heaped on the young players.

Guzzardi Undecided Over Mayoral Endorsement

David Ormsby | Posted 10.27.2014 | Chicago
David Ormsby

State Rep-elect Will Guzzardi, who has quickly emerged as a progressive rock star for clobbering State Rep. Toni Berrios in the March Democratic prima...

Karen Lewis: Will She Give Rahm Emanuel a Real Fight?

Keith Koeneman | Posted 10.20.2014 | Chicago
Keith Koeneman

The study of relevant history can shed insight into present-day events, even if the specific details may differ. With that in mind, it may be worthwhile to look at four historical Chicago mayoral campaigns as Karen Lewis sets her sights on Rahm Emanuel.

Critics Of Rahm Emanuel Still Seeking A Challenger

AP | SARA BURNETT | Posted 08.19.2014 | Politics

CHICAGO (AP) — Rahm Emanuel swept into the Chicago mayor's office with support from across the city, a nod from favorite son Barack Obama and a prom...

Chicago Women Show Rahm Emanuel the Light at the End of the Tunnel

Rebecca Sive | Posted 09.16.2014 | Chicago
Rebecca Sive

At a time when so many Americans need so much from their government, American women who care are finding it really tough to win executive office.

Rahm Is In Even More Re-Election Trouble Than We Thought

The Huffington Post | Joseph Erbentraut | Posted 07.16.2014 | Politics

Two new polls released over the weekend contained bad news for Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel as he begins to ramp up the fundraising efforts for his re-e...

Chicago Public Schools Are Failing

Hilary Gowins | Posted 08.13.2014 | Education
Hilary Gowins

Nowhere is the crumbling of a major public school system more evident than in the city of Chicago. Last week, one school's prom slogan showed in just four words how far Chicago Public Schools has fallen.

Unions Lack a Long-Term Winning Strategy

Richard Whitmire | Posted 07.10.2014 | Education
Richard Whitmire

New York City teachers union boss Michael Mulgrew is feeling good about his "war with reformers." He should; Mulgrew and other anti-reformers are on winning streaks.

Weingarten Wants Common Core; Lewis Says We're Done

Mercedes Schneider | Posted 07.13.2014 | Education
Mercedes Schneider

I cannot stand CCSS because I know what it is: a business deal designed to benefit gluttonous, monopolistic corporations like Pearson. So, I really wanted to hear Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) President Karen Lewis say, "Yes, CTU will drop CCSS."

The Chicago Mercantile Exchange Maintaining the Status Quo in Chicago Public Schools

Dave Stieber | Posted 07.07.2014 | Chicago
Dave Stieber

So the Chicago Mercantile Exchange wants a world-class education system yet will not give a minute fraction of its wealth and revenue to actually make this a reality?

Coming Together to Become Our Brothers' Keepers

John Thompson | Posted 05.05.2014 | Education
John Thompson

I believe the real Barack Obama is the one who sat cross-legged with students at Washington DC's Powell Elementary School. As the Washington Post's Em...

Debating Amiri Baraka in the Urban Classroom

John Thompson | Posted 03.17.2014 | Education
John Thompson

After the passing of Amiri Baraka, I don't want to get bogged down in a dispute over Common Core, or any other example of the top-down micromanaging of teachers and students. It's lessons like this which taught me the No. 1 principle of teaching.

Sex Trafficking in Chicago? NO! Yes.

Sally Duros | Posted 01.23.2014 | Chicago
Sally Duros

The plight of women in prostitution has always captured our attention. We've seen plenty of plays, movies and books written about and by women of the streets -- all usually through a dreamy vaseline lens. Now comes to Chicago Shadow Town, a play by Mary Bonnett.

Capitol Doors: Boondoggle, Investment or Symptom?

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 11.12.2013 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

It seems like there are only two people who are happy about the shiny new $680,000 doors on the State Capitol: the architect overseeing the project and former Gov. Jim Thompson.

Is Rahm's 'Bitter' Relationship With Teachers' Union On The Mend?

Posted 09.11.2013 | Chicago

A year after the historic teachers strike that brought Chicago Public Schools to a halt for nine whole days, Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Chicago Teachers U...

Tribune's Stantis Remembers 9/11

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 11.11.2013 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

We remember 9/11 today and so does the Chicago Tribune's Scott Stantis.

Madigan, Metra and clout culture: "Legal" doesn't mean "correct"

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 09.21.2013 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

LEGAL VS. RIGHT Whether House Speaker Michael Madigan broke any laws in trying to obtain a raise for a political donor at Metra is all but irrelevant....

My Top Quotes in Illinois This Week

Madison Bondi | Posted 08.24.2013 | Chicago
Madison Bondi

Starting with the seemingly-endless battle of pension reform in Springfield, to our crumbling public school systems in Chicago; no one can deny that this week in Illinois was brimming with some pretty intriguing sound bites.

When Karen Lewis speakers, Chicago listens... and responds

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 08.21.2013 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Nobody these days stirs instant controversy in Chicago (and in education reform circles nationally) than Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis....