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CHICAGO — Candidates for Mayor of Chicago took the stage during a mayoral forum at Steinmetz College Prep on the Far Northwest Side. Hosted by Ald. Gilbert Villegas (36th Ward), WGN’s Tahman Bradley and Lourdes Duarte moderate the discussion on the wide range of issues facing the city.
Participating candidates included Dorothy Brown, Gery Chico, Bill Daley, Amara Enyia, Bob Fioretti, LaShawn Ford, John Kozlar, Lori Lightfoot, Garry McCarthy, Susana Mendoza, Paul Vallas and Willie Wilson. Jerry Joyce participated in the second half of the forum. Toni Preckwinkle canceled at the last minute, and Neal Sales-Griffin didn’t attend.
For complete bios of candidates, visit WGN’s Mayoral Election Guide
For highlights from the forum, check the selected videos and live blog below.
Candidates introduce themselves
Each candidate got one minute to make their pitch for why they’re running for mayor. Here’s what they said.
Lightning Round: Chicago Politics
Candidates answer: Do you believe Ed Burke should resign his position as alderman? Do you support term limits for aldermen? Do you support term limits for the Office of Mayor?
Last year, Chicago Public schools reported carrying over $8 billion in long-term debt, and the teachers’ pension fund was half empty. A report by the district also showed failures at all levels in regards to treating abuse. Candidates weigh in on how to pay for schools, and what they'd do differently.
CPD is facing a consent decree following fallout from the fatal police shooting of Laquan McDonald. Do you support the current agreement, and what is your specific plan to combat violence and improve community relations? And do you have a plan to deal with carjackings carried out by juvenile offenders?
Topic: Paying the Bills
Chicago is facing nearly $1 billion is required annual retirement payments in five years. Do you back the idea of changing the Illinois constitution to change the tax code, and what is your plan to come up with new money? Would you do a property tax freeze?
Lightning Round: Finances
Candidates weigh in on a Chicago casino, taxes, and legalizing recreational marijuana - to which every candidate replied "yes."
Lightning Round: Chicago
Candidates each share what they love about Chicago - and a couple things they could do without.