CHICAGO, Sept. 5, 2022The Chicago Teachers Union issued the following statement today regarding the retirement of 10th Ward Ald. Sue Sadlowski Garza from the Chicago City Council. Ald. Garza was the first Chicago Teachers Union member elected to the Council in 2015.

A lot will be said about the legacy of Ald. Susan Sadlowski Garza, but let’s be clear: There is no “mighty CTU” without her passion, her courage and her sheer will in advocating for our students, their families and every school community in which we work and live.

Born with labor in her blood, Sue was raising hell in the hallways of City Hall when few others dared, all while being a mother, an educator and an everywoman in her 10th Ward community. Her father, Ed Sadlowski, was a labor icon. But Sue never lived in her father’s shadow; instead, she shined just as bright.

Sue took our movement to the Chicago City Council, and in doing so, opened the door to others just as committed to the common good, and committed to the school communities we all deserve. Sue worked hard, and loved as hard as she worked, and we thank her deeply for her love of our complex city.

She will forever be our sister, and we are forever grateful for her life and her work in our movement.