CTU’s Karen Lewis hospitalized after feeling ‘discomfort’

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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 denyingrumors 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.”

Related:National teachers union contributes $30,000 to Karen Lewis

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 statementMondaywishing 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

CTU Statement on Karen Lewis

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