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Karen Lewis credits dad with influencing her populist platform

Chicago Teachers UniPresident Karen Lewis talked about her childhood her father minimum wage potholes other topics Thursday night before nearly

Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis talked about her childhood, her father, the minimum wage, potholes and other topics Thursday night before nearly 100 people who packed into chicken restaurant Thursday night in the Little Village neighborhood. | Mitch Dudek/Sun-Times

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Updated: August 22, 2014 12:47AM



Sounding like a budding superhero trying to sell her origin story, possible mayoral candidate Karen Lewis delved into her formative years Thursday night before nearly 100 people who had packed into a chicken restaurant in the Little Village neighborhood.

On Saturdays, her father would take her for rides in his raggedy old Plymouth, which she called the “Flintstone car.” She joked that if you pulled up the floor mats, you could see the pavement.

At age 7, on of those rides, her dad told her, “You get an education, you maintain your dignity and then you fight like hell to never let anyone take that away from you.”

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