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

This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.

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.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

1 Comment

  • 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

Notice: you are using an outdated browser. Microsoft does not recommend using IE as your default browser. Some features on this website, like video and images, might not work properly. For the best experience, please upgrade your browser.