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Karen Lewis
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Karen Lewis

Age: 60

Occupation: President, Chicago Teachers Union

The union leader was powerless against the massive teacher layoffs and the 49 school closings that roiled CPS last year. But the cred she earned during the 2012 strike has made her a potent watchdog figure on an issue that virtually everyone cares about.

Photo: E. Jason Wambsgans/Chicago Tribune
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