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WTTW's Chicago Tonight hosts first Chicago mayoral debate Jan. 17

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The four major candidates running for Chicago mayor meet for their first televised debate Jan. 17 on WTTW's "Chicago Tonight."

From WTTW: "During the forum, candidates Carol Moseley Braun, Gery Chico, Miguel del Valle, and Rahm Emanuel will field questions from an audience of more than 200 Chicago Public High School students who are members of the Mikva Challenge. The forum will focus specifically on issues of importance to young people, including education, violence prevention, and employment."

"The one-hour event, hosted by Phil Ponce and Carol Marin, will be the first televised forum where all four of the major candidates for mayor of Chicago will appear together. Chicago Tonight will host another candidate forum live on Monday, February 14th."

below, from WTTW.....


WTTW's Chicago Tonight presents the
FIRST TELEVISED MAYORAL CANDIDATE FORUM
Monday, January 17

CHICAGO - January 6, 2011 -- In partnership with the Mikva Challenge, WTTW's Chicago Tonight is proud to present a special mayoral candidate forum focusing on issues important to Chicago students.

During the forum, candidates Carol Moseley Braun, Gery Chico, Miguel del Valle, and Rahm Emanuel will field questions from an audience of more than 200 Chicago Public High School students who are members of the Mikva Challenge. The forum will focus specifically on issues of importance to young people, including education, violence prevention, and employment.

The one-hour event, hosted by Phil Ponce and Carol Marin, will be the first televised forum where all four of the major candidates for mayor of Chicago will appear together. Chicago Tonight will host another candidate forum live on Monday, February 14th.

The Mikva Challenge is a nonpartisan, not-for-profit group that helps low-income Chicago youth become involved in politics and public service. Mikva Challenge was founded in 1997 as a tribute to former White House Counsel, Judge and U.S. Congressman Abner Mikva and his wife Zoe, a lifelong education activist.

The Chicago Tonight forum will be taped at 2:00 pm on the afternoon of Monday, January 17 (the Martin Luther King holiday) at WTTW's studios at 5400 N. Saint Louis Avenue, and will air that night at 7:00 pm. The taping may continue for an additional half-hour (until 3:30 pm) to allow for exclusive online content for WTTW's website (www.wttw.com/chicagotonight.) At their discretion, candidates may be available for questions from the media after the conclusion of the taping.

Media wishing to attend please contact Elliott Teller at (773) 509-5434 or eteller@wttw.com.

About WTTW
For more than 50 years, audiences have turned to WTTW for distinctive programming that informs, inspires, educates, and entertains. WTTW reaches 1.5 million weekly households over a four-state area, making it the most-watched public television station in America. Recognized for its award-winning local and national productions, WTTW is committed to presenting the very best in cultural, nature, science, public affairs, and children's programming across its four distinct television channels: WTTW11, WTTW Prime, its Spanish-language channel WTTW V-me, and WTTW Create, its "how-to" channel. For more information, please visit www.wttw.com.

2 Comments

This forum is an insult to the legacy of MLK
.It ignores the other candidates running for Mayor particular William Walls who is leading the field of candidates from the Chicago Defender poll of their readers.
William Walls the peoples canidate who does not come from the Daley crowd of invited candidates.
William Walls who would be running for Mayor if Daley had not stepped down.
William Walls the only canidate with a vision for all Chicago.
William Walls the only canidate not sent by the elitist crowd.
unbought and unbossed.

Patricia Van Pelt Watkins and Bill Doc Walls are also mayoral candidates. Why are you picking and choosing for the public?

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