Karen Lewis puts $40,000 of own money into mayoral bid

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Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis is putting her money where her mouth is.

She's donating $40,000 of her own money to her campaign fund.

Lewis says she faces an uphill battle in the money race with mayor Rahm emanuel, but this is another sign that she's seriously considering running against him in next year's mayoral campaign.

According to the Chicago Tribune, Lewis has been holding discussions in neighborhoods across the city as she considers whether to run for mayor.

A Tribune poll published last month showed Lewis leading Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel 43 percent to 39 percent, just outside the survey's 3.5 percentage point error margin.

Also considering a bid for mayor is Ald. Robert Fioretti, 2nd.

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7 comments

  • Lisa Porter

    I don’t know if that’s true. Although I am not a fan because she is a one- issue candidate, there is a lot of “anybody but Rahm” sentiment out there, and I think she can capitalize on that. She should get the majority of the Union vote;, the vast majority of the black vote, a large percentage of the female vote, and one Latino city worker told me last year that Rahm is not especially popular in the Hispanic community. So, other than the white and white ethnic voters, Rahm does not have much of a base on which to build.

  • Chris

    This woman’s only concern is to make more money for teachers at failing schools and make every other taxpayer in Chicago pick up the bill. I moved to Chicago from Florida 5 years ago and I have never seen such a broken political system – I am still trying to get over the fact that you give Teacher’s Unions any power at all in this state.

  • Go mcd

    She is union through and through her only priority will be the teachers. Wake up Chicago and vote for a canidate who will represent ALL of Chicago Maybe time to try a republican. Can it be any worse.

  • thelogicalpositivist

    What’s sad is that this woman is a racist. What’s even sadder is that, in a city like this, she’s likely to win.