“Our city has lost a great voice,” Chicago Teachers Union spokesperson Stephanie Gadlin laments over the death of Karen Lewis, an active member of the union for 30 years and president from 2010 to 2014.
Karen Lewis, the former president of the Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) who led a seven-day strike in 2012 and ran for mayor of Chicago but ultimately had to retire because of cancer diagnosis, has died. at 67, as confirmed by CTU.
(CTU) spokeswoman Stephanie Gadlin in a statement expressed sadness over the loss of Lewis, “a true champion.”
Lewis was an active member of the union for 30 years and president from 2010 to 2014.
“Karen Lewis was one of the most powerful and prolific voices in public education, advocating for students, their families, and the communities in which they live. She was the architect of the current fight for educational justice, ”said Gadlin.
The woman was diagnosed in 2014 with brain cancer and at the time was considering running for the post of mayor of the city. After receiving treatment, Lewis returned to work, but in 2017 she suffered a stroke.
“Our city has lost a great voice. I send my heartfelt condolences to your beloved ones, friends, and the 25,000 members of CTU. May her memory reigns every day and find rest in the bosom of God “, the statement can read.
At the moment, the details of her death have not been released.