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Karen Lewis in Uptown last day of September -- CANCELLED?!

A few hours after Substance updated our announcement that Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis would be at a "conversations with Karen" in Uptown tonight, we received a press release from Lewis's campaign office (which is separate from the CTU) stating that the event has been cancelled. So we are adding this to the story and will try to get more information later in the day.

Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis continues her explorations in Uptown on the final day of September 2014.Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis comes to Chicago's Uptown neighborhood on the night of September 30, 2014 to continue her "conversations with Karen" prior to submitting her nominating petitions to run against Rahm Emanuel for mayor. The mayoral election is February 24, 2015.

A September 29, 2014 press release from the Lewis campaign office follows here:

CHICAGO TEACHERS UNION PRESIDENT KAREN LEWIS TO JOIN UPTOWN FAMILIES FOR “CONVERSATION WITH KAREN” ON ECONOMY, JOBS, AND SCHOOLS

WHAT: Chicago Teachers Union President and possible mayoral candidate Karen Lewis will hear from Uptown families as part of the ongoing “Conversations with Karen” series.

The “Conversations with Karen” series has connected President Lewis with voters from across the city who have expressed their dismay and frustration with sky-high crime and joblessness rates, shuttered schools and clinics, the pinch of regressive sales taxes and traffic cameras on their pocketbooks, and an out-of-touch administration in City Hall. As Karen Lewis considers a possible mayoral run, these conversations are also a way to bolster democratic participation in the electoral process, with working families weighing in on the issues and policy priorities that matter most to them.

WHEN: Tuesday, September 30, 2014, 6:00-8:00 pm

WHERE:Clarendon Park Gymnasium, 4501 N. Clarendon

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WHY: “I look forward to talking with Uptown families,” said CTU President Lewis. “Across Chicago, I’ve heard loud and clear that voters are fed up with being nickel-and-dimed by the out-of-touch politicians who have closed our schools, cut jobs and wages, and failed to make our neighborhoods safe and healthy. These listening sessions are a tremendous opportunity to participate in the democratic problem-solving that is needed to turn our city around.”

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Karen Lewis has served as President of the Chicago Teachers Union, the third largest teachers local in the country and the largest local union in Illinois, since 2010. The Karen Lewis Exploratory Committee (KLEC) was set up to explore a possible mayoral campaign in the February 2015 municipal elections.



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