The Chicago Teachers Union said Monday that its president, Karen Lewis, was hospitalized after experiencing “discomfort” Sunday evening.
CTU spokeswoman Stephanie Gadlin issued a statement denying rumors that Lewis, a possible mayoral contender, had suffered a stroke.
“We respect Karen’s privacy just as we value her leadership,” Gadlin wrote in a statement. “I’m sure she’ll determine whether or not another public statement is warranted.”
“Karen is a freedom fighter, a nationally recognized education advocate and the people’s champ. She’ll be back on her feet in no time. She is resting well and in good spirits — and still thinking of creative ways to secure the future and city our students and their families deserve.”
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Gadlin would not provide further details. Lewis did not return messages left on her cellphone. Neither did Emma Tai, a spokeswoman for Lewis’ mayoral exploratory committee.
Lewis, who had weight-loss surgery in March after suffering a fall, has not yet declared entry into February’s mayoral race.
In an emailed statement, Kelley Quinn, Rahm Emanuel’s director of communications, wrote: “The Mayor wishes Karen well, and that she makes a full and speedy recovery.”
Ald. Bob Fioretti (2nd) has announced he’s running. He released a statement Monday wishing Lewis “a speedy recovery.”
“Karen is a valuable voice in the debate about our city’s future and we look forward to hearing from her soon,” campaign spokesman Michael Kolenc wrote.
Contributing: Monifa Thomas