Mayor’s opponents lash out on issues, in countdown to debates

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CHICAGO - Election day is less than a month away.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel and his four challengers met with voters in the Loop yesterday and talked about issues ranging from gun control, and abortion to minimum wage and education.

Emanuel said calls for an elected school board on the mayoral ballot are going nowhere, because they don't have the backing of Governor Bruce Rauner or state lawmakers.

All of Emanuel's opponents support an elected school board.

Mayoral challenger Ald. Bob Fioretti, 2nd, said conflict of interest issues were "running amok" within the current school board.

"We all ought to be embarrassed by what we see at CPS at this point," Fioretti added.

Mayor Emanuel has agreed to take part in five debates on these issues.

The first one is on Tuesday with the Tribune Editorial Board.  Election day is February 24.

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