Emanuel, Garcia take part in Chicago State mayoral forum

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CHICAGO -- Mayor Rahm Emanuel and mayoral challenger Jesus "Chuy" Garcia participated in a mayoral forum Wednesday night at Chicago State University.

With the runoff election less than two weeks away, Chicago State University realized the black vote will be crucial in the outcome. So on Wednesday, they were the site of the forum, which was hosted by the African-American Studies department.

Emanuel and Garcia did not interact with each other by design; each candidate had his own hour to address questions presented to them by the moderator, the audience and through Twitter.

Garcia took questions for the first hour, saying if he becomes mayor he's determined to hire 1,000 new police officers to help curb crime on Chicago's streets, namely on the city's South and West Sides, where African-Americans predominantly reside.

Emanuel took the second hour addressing questions surrounding the closing of 50 schools and Chicago's unemployment rate for African-Americans being one of the highest in the country.

There was a little tension between Emanuel and the moderator when he was asked to keep answers short and to the point so that they could get to more questions.

Emanuel said he was proud of his mayoral record. Garcia said he's committed to making sure Chicago is diverse in all departments if he becomes mayor.




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