* From the Sun-Times…
A politically savvy straight-shooter, Lucille “Jackie” Gallagher was probably the most powerful spokeswoman for the Chicago Teachers Union in decades.
Mrs. Gallagher was a seasoned aide to House Speaker Michael Madigan when she was persuaded to leave the halls of the Illinois Capitol in 1991 to join the CTU as assistant to then-President Jacqueline Vaughn and as head of CTU communications.
Having worked for Madigan and before that, as a lobbyist, Mrs. Gallagher was able to “provide entry to some of the most important politicians in Springfield for the CTU,’’ said former CTU recording secretary Pam Massarsky. “Most especially, she had this remarkable relationship with Mike Madigan. It was both professional and personal. She had entry whenever she needed it.’’
Mrs. Gallagher died April 22 at age 85. […]
“She did not pull any punches,’’ said Gail Purkey, who served on Madigan’s staff with Mrs. Gallagher and later was her communications counterpart at the Illinois Federation of Teachers.
“She tried to be straightforward with reporters, and I think she was high-profile because of that,’’ Purkey said.
I had a few go-arounds with her myself over the years. Gail is right that Jackie didn’t pull any punches.
Even so, I loved her. Who couldn’t? Jackie was one heckuva woman, with a raucous sense of humor. She truly stomped on the terra.
* As an aside, I’m told her daughters read CapitolFax.com posts to her almost right up to the very end.
Go read the entire obit. It’s a great story about a life well lived.