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Old Posted Oct 17, 2014, 6:58 PM
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I don't know why a thread like this doesn't exist yet. We keep getting on OT discussions all over the place about Chicago political events. Let's dump all those discussions and articles here.
Brain tumor keeps Karen Lewis out of mayor race: source

By Rick Pearson, Juan Perez, Jr., Michelle Manchir,
Tribune reporters

Karen Lewis, the controversial, combative and charismatic leader of the Chicago Teachers Union, will not run for mayor, significantly boosting Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s chances to win re-election next year.

The decision by Lewis comes after she was diagnosed with a cancerous brain tumor last week, said a source familiar with her medical condition. Lewis underwent surgery and took a leave from her union duties.

The development removes from political equation Emanuel’s most prominent potential opponent amid widespread dissatisfaction with his leadership. It leaves Ald. Robert Fioretti, 2nd, as the most high-profile challenger to the first-term mayor, with several lesser-known potential candidates talking about getting into the contest ahead of the Feb. 24 city election.

More Here:http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/l...013-story.html

This should be entertaining:


Emanuel commits to debates—even without Karen Lewis in race

WED, 10/15/2014 - 3:00PM

Mayor Rahm Emanuel said Wednesday he plans on waging a “vigorous campaign” for re-election that includes debates with Ald. Bob Fioretti (2nd), even though the field no longer includes Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis.

When Lewis dropped out of the mayor’s race this week after having surgery to remove a malignant brain tumor, there was speculation that Emanuel would ignore Fioretti, forsake debates and use his $9.5 million campaign warchest to rebuild his plummeting popularity with a blitzkrieg of television commercials.

But Emanuel told the Chicago Sun-Times Editorial Board on Wednesday that the speculation is all wrong. The former White House chief of staff will not use a Rose Garden strategy to insulate himself.

He was asked specifically if he would debate Fioretti.

“I’m sure we’ll have debates. And I’m gonna be out there laying out an agenda that people can make a [judgment] on. Part of my responsibility is also to say, 'Here’s what we’ve done. Here are the results. Here’s what we’re gonna do’ and we’re gonna have that,” Emanuel said.

“Campaigns are healthy. So’s holding people accountable when they govern healthy. I plan on doing that, and I’m doing it right now.”

More Here: http://politics.suntimes.com/article...10152014-300pm
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