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Karen Lewis
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Born(1953-06-26)June 26, 1953
DiedFebruary 7, 2021(2021-02-07) (aged 67)
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Cause of deathGlioblastoma
Alma materKenwood Academy
Mount Holyoke College
Dartmouth College
OccupationChicago Public Schools Teacher
Chicago Teacher's Union
(President; 2010–2014)
Spouse(s)John Lewis (m. 1982–present) «start: (1982)»"Marriage: John Lewis to Karen Lewis" Location: (linkback:

Karen Lewis (June 26, 1953 – February 7, 2021) was an American Chicago Public Schools teacher and labor leader. She was the president of the Chicago Teachers Union from 2010 to 2014. She was a former King College Prep High School and Lane Technical High School chemistry teacher. She was a teacher for 22 years.

Lewis was considering running for Mayor of Chicago in 2015.[1] In July 2014 poll, Lewis defeated Emanuel in a hypothetical electoral contest by 45-36 .[2] She decided not to run for mayor due to health issues and endorses Chuy Garcia.

On October 9, 2014, Lewis was hospitalized for a "serious illness".[3] At the time, no further details about Lewis' health have been revealed.[3] On October 13, a source confirmed that Lewis had been diagnosed with glioblastoma.[4]

Lewis died from problems caused by the cancer in Chicago on February 7, 2021 at the age of 67.[5]