Chicago Teachers Union president Karen Lewis undergoes 'planned medical procedure'

CHICAGO (WLS) -- Chicago Teachers Union president Karen Lewis is back in the hospital Wednesday, undergoing what's being called a "planned medical procedure."

Lewis was diagnosed with an aggressive type of brain cancer in 2014 at a time when she was considering a run for Mayor. She returned to work after treatment, but had a stroke in 2017

CTU vice president Jesse Sharkey released a statement saying Lewis is "in great spirits" and she said to "tell our delegates, let's get ready to fight!"

"As we all know, Karen is a fighter. She is looking forward to coming rallies, actions and negotiations," Sharkey said in the statement.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel released a statement, saying, "While we have sat on opposite sides of the negotiating table, I have been proud to call Karen Lewis a dear friend and close confidante. Karen has faced her health challenges with the same fearlessness, tenacity and resolve that have made her a legendary labor leader and earned her the respect of Chicagoans and educators around the world. I join residents across Chicago in wishing Karen Lewis a full and speedy recovery."

Chicago Public Schools CEO Janice Jackson also released a statement, saying, ""Karen Lewis has worked tirelessly and fearlessly on behalf of Chicago's educators. Anyone who knows Karen will say she's a fighter, but I've also seen the kinder, gentler side of Karen and am honored to call her a partner and a friend. On behalf of the CPS students, parents, families, and educators, I wish Karen Lewis a full and speedy recovery."
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