Emanuel, Garcia go head-to-head in Chicago mayor debate

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CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is going hard after re-election challenger Cook County Commissioner Jesus Garcia's record and platform in the first head-to-head televised debate before next month's runoff election.

The tone of Monday's televised debate was snappy with the former White House chief of staff questioning Garcia's budget proposal and its call for spending audits.

Emanuel says he offers specifics, while Garcia wants to study the issues.

But Garcia says Emanuel only focuses on improving downtown, not neighborhoods. Garcia is a former alderman and legislator.

The two are in an April 7 runoff after Emanuel failed to capture the majority needed to win a second term in February.

Debate topics also included crime, Chicago's red-light cameras and taxes. It was hosted by Chicago's WMAQ-TV, Telemundo and the University of Chicago.

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  • James C. Walker

    Many issues are important. One is very clear on the outcome. Emperor Rahm vigorously defends the money grab scam of red light cameras deliberately mis-engineered with yellow intervals too short for the actual approach speeds and perception/reaction times of at least 85% of the drivers (safest method to set limits). He even sanctioned the theft of the “extra” $7.7 million collected with the 2.9 second yellows set lower than the absolute federal minimums.
    Mr. Garcia will end the money grab red light camera scam immediately.
    You choose whether to leave your wallets open to be pilfered by Emperor Rahm … or not.

    James C. Walker, Life Member – National Motorists Association