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Testing, Evaluations Focus Of Negotiations Between CPS, Teachers

The Chicago Public Schools and its teachers face two deadlines on Tuesday: their three-year contract expires at midnight, and a $634 million pension payment is due by the end of the day.

06/30/2015

CTU members and supporters marching downtown. (Credit: CBS)

Chicago Teachers Hold March In Loop As Contract Nears End

Teachers and their supporters held a rally at the Thompson Center before moving to the streets downtown.

06/09/2015

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Teachers Union Files Unfair Labor Practices Complaint Against CPS

Faced with a proposed pay cut it finds insulting, the Chicago Teachers’ Union has filed an unfair labor practices complaint with the state of Illinois, reports WBBM’s Bob Roberts.

05/06/2015

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Teachers Union: CPS Demanding “Whopping” 7 Percent Pay Cut

The Chicago Teachers Union lashed out at the Emanuel administration Tuesday, accusing the mayor of “lying in wait” to raise property taxes, after demanding teachers and other union employees take a 7 percent pay cut next year.

05/05/2015

Mayoral hopeful Jesus "Chuy" Garcia and Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis have lunch Thursday in Bronzeville, with less than two weeks until the runoff election against Mayor Rahm Emanuel (Credit: Twitter/@garcia4chicago)

Garcia And Lewis Talk Campaign Strategy Over Lunch

Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis joined mayoral candidate Jesus “Chuy” Garcia for a strategy session Thursday afternoon in Bronzeville, their first joint appearance in several weeks.

03/26/2015

Chicago Teachers Union Karen Lewis appears in a video posted online. (YouTube)

Winners And Loser’s From Tuesday’s Election

There were plenty of winners and losers after Tuesday’s election, including many who weren’t even on the ballot.

02/25/2015

Jackie Robinson West players hoist the 2005 White Sox World Series Trophy outside U.S. Cellular Field during the team's celebration parade on Wednesday. (Credit: CBS)

Reaction To Jackie Robinson West Being Stripped Of Title

Not surprisingly, Little League International’s decision to strip Jackie Robinson West of their national title, due to violations of residency rules, has stirred up a hornet’s nest, prompting reaction from all corners.

02/11/2015

Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis discusses her cancer surgery, and having to drop out of the race for mayor, three months after she had a tumor removed from her brain. (Credit: Mike Krauser/WBBM)

Lewis: ‘Very Disappointing’ To Not Be In Race For Mayor

Three months after surgery for a brain tumor forced her out of the race for mayor, Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis spoke publicly for the first time about her disappointment that she won’t be taking on Mayor Rahm Emanuel next month.

01/15/2015

Chicago Teachers Union Karen Lewis appears in a video posted online. (YouTube)

Karen Lewis Endorses Emanuel Opponent For Mayor

Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis, who is undergoing treatment for a brain tumor, is seen in a video posted online Friday endorsing mayoral candidate Jesus Garcia.

10/31/2014

Karen Lewis. (Credit: CBS)

Reports Of Lewis’ Condition Raises Awareness About Brain Tumors

A Chicago neurosurgeon says there are some warning signs to keep in mind, when trying to differentiate between a run-of-the-mill headache and something worse. CBS 2’s Marissa Bailey reports.

10/14/2014

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Ailing CTU President Not Running For Mayor Of Chicago

Karen Lewis will not be challenging Rahm Emanuel in next year’s mayoral election, according to a statement by Lewis’ exploratory committee.

10/13/2014

Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis (Credit: CBS)

CTU President Karen Lewis Has ‘Serious Illness,’ Vice President Will Replace Her For Now

Lewis was hospitalized Sunday after feeling “discomfort,” but the union had been tight-lipped about what is ailing the potential mayoral candidate.

10/09/2014

Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis (Credit: CBS)

CTU President Karen Lewis Hospitalized, Union Denies Rumor Of Stroke

Chicago Teachers Union President and potential mayoral contender Karen Lewis has spent the past two nights in the hospital after feeling discomfort and lightheaded. WBBM Newsradio’s Steve Miller reports CTU representatives were quick to shoot down rumors Lewis suffered a stroke.

10/07/2014

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CTU President Karen Lewis In The Hospital: Union

CTU spokeswoman Stephanie Gadlin says Lewis, 61, is being evaluated at a local hospital “after experiencing discomfort Sunday evening.” Gadlin says it is not due to a stroke, as rumors have suggested.

10/06/2014

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Karen Lewis Says Fioretti’s Candidacy Will Have ‘No Bearing’ On Her Decision

Sunday’s Mexican Independence Day parade in Little Village could feature a preview of next year’s race for mayor of Chicago.

09/14/2014

Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis (Credit: CBS)

Lewis Walking Fine Line Between Labor Leader And Potential Mayoral Candidate

On the first day of school for CPS, Karen Lewis praised new programs or policies which led to better test scores, graduation rates and especially student safety, but claimed they were started long before Mayor Emanuel took office.

09/02/2014

Dyett High School. (Credit: CBS)

Handful Of Seniors Head Back To School For Final Year At Dyett High School

At one Chicago public high school, there was no stampede when the bell rang today and no line at the door. In fact, there were only 12 students.

09/02/2014

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Karen Lewis “Seriously Considering” Mayoral Run

Potential mayoral candidates Alderman Bob Fioretti and CTU President Karen Lewis are holding events to assess interest in a potential run.

08/19/2014

Mayor Rahm Emanuel speaks at a naturalization ceremony for 67 immigrants who became U.S. Citizens on July 3, 2013. (Credit: CBS)

Emanuel Defends Fire Department Hiring Preference For CPS Grads

Mayor Rahm Emanuel is defending the Chicago Fire Department’s hiring preference for Chicago Public School graduate, reports WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore.

08/19/2014

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Teachers Union President Still Considering Run Against Emanuel

She’s not filed any papers or formed any formal committees. But when pressed, Karen Lewis admits that behind the scenes, there’s plenty going on. CBS 2 Chief Correspondent Jay Levine reports.

08/07/2014

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