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    FILE - In this June 6, 2012 file photo Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis, left, registers for her ballot during a strike authorization vote at a high school in Chicago. Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel last week announced an agreement with several unions to help bail out the nation’s worst-funded city pension systems, a festering problem inherited from his predecessor, Richard M. Daley. Emanuel said the deal, which would slice Chicago’s nearly $20 billion shortfall in half by cutting benefits and raising property taxes, would keep the funds from insolvency and avoid massive cuts in services and a record tax hike. Among its opponents is Lewis who calls the pension plan “criminal” and “just awful,” saying it will hit school employees _ who don’t receive Social Security and are predominantly women of color _ with both a loss of benefits and, for those who own homes, a property tax increase they can’t afford to pay. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green,File)



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    In this Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014 photo, Karen Lewis hugs her son, Cody, a recovering heroin addict, after he spoke about his life and addiction at the Good Samaritan Methodist Church in Addison, Ill. "I will be there for him as long as I can," she says. "Cody's finally ... coming back to the person that he used to be." (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)


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    In this Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014 photo, Karen Lewis listens to her son, Cody, a recovering heroin addict, talk abut his life and addiction at the Good Samaritan Methodist Church in Addison, Ill. Though she tried different approaches - punishment, lectures, praise when he entered rehab - nothing stuck. About a month after his release from a court-ordered 8½-month residential treatment program, Cody reverted to his old ways. "I just gave in when I got out," he says. "You can learn every trick in the book to prevent you from using, but you have to use what they teach you." (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)




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    In this Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014 photo, Karen Lewis hugs her son, Cody, a recovering heroin addict, after he spoke about his life and addiction at the Good Samaritan Methodist Church in Addison, Ill. "I will be there for him as long as I can," she says. "Cody's finally ... coming back to the person that he used to be." (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)


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    In this Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014 photo, Karen Lewis listens to her son, Cody, a recovering heroin addict, talk abut his life and addiction at the Good Samaritan Methodist Church in Addison, Ill. Though she tried different approaches - punishment, lectures, praise when he entered rehab - nothing stuck. About a month after his release from a court-ordered 8½-month residential treatment program, Cody reverted to his old ways. "I just gave in when I got out," he says. "You can learn every trick in the book to prevent you from using, but you have to use what they teach you." (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)



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