Mayoral hopefuls stay on attack in 2nd mayoral debate

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CHICAGO -- The four candidates challenging Rahm Emanuel kept up their attacks on the incumbent in the race for Chicago.

The five debated the issues Friday in an appearance before the editorial board of the Chicago Sun-Times.

Ald. Bob Fioretti criticized the Mayor for failing to stabilize the city's finances.

Cook County Commissioner Jesus Garcia said he would tap into the city's Tax Increment Financing (TIF) funds to help pay off debt and meet the city's public pension obligations.  He called TIFs a "private slush fund" for the mayor.

William "Dock" Walls said said he would consider taking the wealthiest Chicagoans and open up the bidding process for city contracts to lower expenses and raise revenue.   Emanuel said he's against imposing an income tax on Chicagoans.

Businessman Willie Wilson says he supports opening a Chicago casino to generate money.  He said raising any taxes would only hurt the average Chicagoan.

Emanuel defended his record, noting that he has not raised property taxes in any of the four budgets he's sent to the city council since taking office in 2011.

 

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