CHATHAM — The president of a South Side nonprofit said his organization is bringing Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis to Chatham so its residents, who include a lot of retired teachers, can hear her views on education and her possible run for mayor.
The Greater Chatham Alliance will sponsor a community forum at 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 25, at Crerar Memorial Presbyterian Church, 8100 S. Calumet Ave., for Lewis, who said she is strongly considering running for mayor next year.
"Personally, I would vote for her if she decided to run for mayor," said Roosevelt Vonil, president of the Greater Chatham Alliance. "A lot of our residents want to hear Lewis' views on issues like education and crime."
He added that Lewis would also entertain questions after she speaks.
"Who knows? Maybe she will make an announcement [at the forum] about whether she is running or not," Vonil said. "I guess people won't know unless they show up to hear her speak."
In January, the organization also plans to sponsor an aldermanic forum that would include Ald. Roderick Sawyer (6th), who is running for re-election and whose ward includes Chatham.
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