WBEZ | wttw http://www.wbez.org/tags/wttw Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Manzullo, Kinzinger get testy over ads and conservative ratings, disagree on Afghanistan http://www.wbez.org/story/manzullo-kinzinger-get-testy-over-ads-and-conservative-ratings-disagree-afghanistan-97234 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/photo/2012-March/2012-03-12/AP120305055267.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Republican U.S. Reps. Don Manzullo and Adam Kinzinger are going after each other over who's more conservative and whose advertisements are more misleading.</p><div class="inset"><div class="insetContent"><p><strong>MORE ON THIS RACE: </strong>Discussion on Tuesday's <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blogs/bez"><em>Afternoon Shift with Steve Edwards</em></a><br> <audio class="mejs mediaelement-formatter-identified-1332752476-1" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/insert-image/2012-march/2012-03-14/16th-cd.mp3">&nbsp;</audio><br> <strong>WATCH THE DEBATE: </strong>Posted at WTTW's <a href="http://chicagotonight.wttw.com/"><em>Chicago Tonight</em></a></p></div></div><p>In a debate Monday evening on WTTW public television, they also disagreed over the future of U.S. troops in Iraq, following the weekend killings of 16 Afghan civilians. An American soldier has been accused of the shootings.</p><p>Manzullo, first elected to Congress in 1992, touted ratings he received from certain conservative groups — ratings that were stronger than his opponent's.</p><p>"These organizations monitor the votes. And they say who's voting conservatively, who's voting liberally, and they put up the scores," Manzullo said.</p><p>Kinzinger, who's in his first term, shot back.</p><p>"That's what happens when you're in Washington for 20 years, is you begin to look at Washington groups to justify your existence being there," he said.</p><p><strong>Sticks and stones</strong></p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/insert-image/2012-March/2012-03-12/adam web.jpg" style="width: 350px; height: 202px;" title="(Manzullo TV ad attacking Kinzinger)"></p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/insert-image/2012-March/2012-03-12/don.jpg" style="width: 350px; height: 198px;" title="(Kinzinger TV ad attacking Manzullo for attacking Kinzinger)"></p><p>They later talked over each other while arguing about whose mail advertisements were more outrageous.</p><p>"This is your tabloid with Nancy Pelosi's [picture]," Manzullo said, unfolding a mail piece. "This is the one you put out that made my wife weep."</p><p>"Don, you've put out 10 mail pieces that are nothing but ... they don't talk about your record," Kinzinger said.</p><p><strong>Afghan react</strong></p><p>The two Republicans also disagreed over U.S. military plans for Afghanistan in light of last weekend's attack.</p><p>Kinzinger, a captain in the Air National Guard, went first. He said he does want the U.S. to eventually "back out" of Afghanistan, remaining only in a counter-terrorism role.</p><p>But he said, "I think if we react to every event on the ground with the call to just withdraw, we're going to be very devastated by what's left in that region."</p><p>Manzullo answered "absolutely" when asked if U.S. troops should get out faster than originally planned.</p><p>"Does the United States really belong in Afghanistan now? This war's been going on for 10 years, and we need to get out," he said.</p><p>The congressmen are running against each other in the GOP primary as a result of new district boundaries drawn by Illinois Democrats. The new 16th District forms a collar of sorts, circling many of the Chicago region's so-called "collar counties."</p></p> Wed, 14 Mar 2012 04:10:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/manzullo-kinzinger-get-testy-over-ads-and-conservative-ratings-disagree-afghanistan-97234 Duckworth, Krishnamoorthi debate their differences, or lack thereof http://www.wbez.org/story/duckworth-krishnamoorthi-debate-their-differences-or-lack-thereof-97080 <p><p>Democrats running for Congress in Chicago's northwest suburbs found very little to disagree about during a debate Wednesday at WTTW public television.</p><div class="inset"><div class="insetContent"><p><strong>MORE ON THIS RACE: </strong>Discussion on Thursday's <a href="http://www.wbez.org/content-categories/100708"><em>Afternoon Shift with Steve Edwards</em></a><br> <audio class="mejs mediaelement-formatter-identified-1332747483-1" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/insert-image/2012-march/2012-03-08/afternoonshift20120308hudzik.mp3">&nbsp;</audio><br> <strong>WATCH THE DEBATE: </strong>Posted at WTTW's <a href="http://chicagotonight.wttw.com/2012/03/07/8th-district-democratic-primary-forum"><em>Chicago Tonight</em></a></p></div></div><p>Voters in Illinois' 8th Congressional District Democratic primary had better not be counting on policy differences to help make up their minds. Take, for instance, Iran. Are sanctions working?</p><p>"I think they are working," candidate Raja Krishnamoorthi said.</p><p>"I think the sanctions have worked significantly," Tammy Duckworth said in her reply.</p><p>And what about other options for Iran?</p><p>"I do agree with the president that all options should be on the table," Duckworth said, agreeing not just with Mr. Obama, but also Krishnamoorthi.</p><p>"Obviously all options are on the table," Krishnamoorthi said.</p><p>Both said the big difference in the race is experience. Duckworth is a former government official and injured Iraq war veteran. Kroshnamoorthi is a former government official who now runs a small business.</p><p>The only other rift at the debate was about their differing (or not really differering, depending on who's talking) economic plans.</p><p>Krishnamoorthi didn't complain about anything in Duckworth's proposal. He just said it's too short.</p><p>"The question before voters here is: do you want substance or do you want soundbites?" he said.</p><p>By our count, Krishnamoorthi's "<a href="http://rajaforcongress.com/economic-plan-pdf">Renewing Prosperity</a>" plan has about 6,800 words, not counting the title page or table of contents. Duckworth's "<a href="http://www.tammyduckworth.com/jobsplan/">Getting American Back to Work</a>" plan has roughly 1,400.</p><p>"I think that [criticism] was silly," Duckworth told reporters after the debate.</p><p>Duckworth said the plans are essentially the same, but her experience "at the state level, at the federal level is going to be the one where I can actually execute the items in the plan."</p><p>Both proposals talk of the debt, taxes, infrastructure and education spending. Krishnamoorthi's goes broader, touching on the housing crisis and Social Security.</p><p>The winner of the March 20th primary faces freshman U.S. Rep. Joe Walsh in November. Walsh is running unopposed in the Republican primary.</p></p> Fri, 09 Mar 2012 03:11:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/duckworth-krishnamoorthi-debate-their-differences-or-lack-thereof-97080 Duking it out for an Illinois Supreme Court seat http://www.wbez.org/story/duking-it-out-illinois-supreme-court-seat-97036 <p><p>By the end of the evening, one candidate had accused another of trading a court ruling for political support, and the power went out.</p><p><strong>WATCH THE DEBATE</strong>: WTTW's <a href="http://chicagotonight.wttw.com/2012/03/06/illinois-supreme-court-candidate-forum">website</a><br> <strong>ELECTION GUIDE:</strong> How to <a href="http://www.wbez.org/story/election-voting-guide-what-do-long-list-judges-your-ballot-96970">pick judges</a></p><p>The four Democrats running for the Cook County vacancy on the Illinois Supreme Court gathered Tuesday evening on Chicago's Northwest Side in the studios of WTTW public television. Early on, these high court hopefuls argued about lawyers.</p><p><strong>Bar association ratings</strong></p><p>Justice Mary Jane Theis holds the seat by temporary appointment. Along with Appellate Judge Joy Cunningham, Theis got positive ratings from all the major lawyer groups.</p><p>"Bar associations do very in-depth investigations of each of us," Theis said. "We had to give about 50 names of people that they were going to contact and find out who we are."</p><p>A third Supreme Court candidate, Appellate Judge Aurelia Pucinski, received far fewer positive ratings. She shrugged that off with sarcasm.</p><p>"What a great idea - let's let lawyers decide who they like," Pucinski said. "I do not think that the bar ratings are the be-all and end-all of this campaign. I think that citizens look at me, and they say they know what they get. They know they get effective, efficient, competent, honest leadership in this community."</p><p>Just one of the bar associations gave a thumbs up to the fourth Democrat in the race, lawyer Thomas Flannigan.</p><p><strong>Mayor Emanuel's cameo</strong></p><p>Like all the justices on the court in the winter of 2011, Theis ruled that Rahm Emanuel was eligible to run for Chicago mayor.</p><p>In the debate Tuesday, Cunningham all but said that Theis should've recused herself because she lives on Emanuel's block.</p><p>"I think only Judge Theis could make this decision, but I think it's very important that everything a judge does has an appearance of being absolutely proper and above reproach," said Cunningham, a point she repeated at least three times.</p><p>Pucinski went much farther, even implying that Theis was part of some quid pro quo.</p><p>"A few months later we skip forward to Mayor Emanuel's strong endorsement of my colleague. And all of the money he's raised and all of the money his campaign has raised for her and all of the city contractors and city lawyers that're contributing to her campaign," Pucinski said, before refusing to directly answer a moderator's question of whether she believed that was "a payback."</p><p>Theis defended her decision, noting that she barely knew Emanuel before he became mayor.</p><p>"The fact that one of the litigants in the case lives in the same area that I lived, I really don't think that the people of the city of Chicago would question my integrity - the fact that I participated in that case," Theis said.</p><p><strong>Lights out</strong></p><p>The comments about Emanuel came during a "web only" section of the debate, which did not air on WTTW.</p><p>Partway into that segment, the lights went out across the station, including in the broadcast studio where the candidates were being taped (check out photos on the <em>Chicago Tonight</em> <a href="http://chicagotonight.wttw.com/2012/03/06/web-extra-illinois-supreme-court-candidate-forum">website</a>). The debate resumed about 20 minutes later.</p><p><strong>Handicapping the race</strong></p><p>Researcher Albert Klumpp has compiled data on judicial primary elections in Cook County going back to 1976. Klumpp said the numbers show that some candidates begin with a clear advantage.</p><p>"Plenty of voters will respond simply to a familiar political name - not knowing the first thing about the person as a judicial candidate, but just because they know the name," Klumpp said.</p><p>That would seem to favor one Supreme Court candidate, Pucinski. The former Cook County Clerk of the Circuit Court is daughter of the late Roman Pucinski, a congressman and alderman.</p><p>On name recognition alone, Klumpp calculated a roughly 20-percentage point bump for Pucinski when she ran for appellate court in 2010.</p><p>Still, Klumpp notes other things working against Pucinski this year: her sub-par bar association ratings, no party or newspaper support and little campaign money.</p><p>Each of those factors favor Theis, who's been endorsed by the Cook County Democratic Party and both the <em>Tribune</em> and <em>Daily Herald.</em> Theis has also raised at least twice as much as&nbsp;the runner-up in campaign financing, Cunningham.</p><p>"[Theis] has, you know, strong selling points as far as getting big endorsements and getting the highest set of ratings from the major bar groups," Klumpp said. "So, if she can take that spending advantage that she has, and just leverage it into even two or three percentage points of the vote, that could be the difference-maker if this is as close a contest as this probably will be."</p><p><strong>Looking to November</strong></p><p>The winner of the Democratic primary will be up against Judge James Riley in the general election. Riley is running unopposed in the Republican primary, but faces long odds in November.</p><p>"I've been digging into this and going back through history, and the last time that any Republican defeated a Democrat for a county-wide judicial vacancy at any level was 1966, and the last time it happened for Supreme Court was 1924," Klumpp said.</p></p> Thu, 08 Mar 2012 02:00:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/duking-it-out-illinois-supreme-court-seat-97036 Al Jazeera English hits Chicago cable waves http://www.wbez.org/story/al-jazeera-english-hits-chicago-cable-waves-93601 <p><p>Starting today, Chicagoans have cable access to news from Al Jazeera English. The Qatar-based channel will air its international coverage on local public television station WTTW. WTTW11 and WTTW Prime will carry 30 minutes of Al Jazeera English on weekdays at 6:30am and 11pm, and an hour on Saturdays at 5:30am.&nbsp;Chicagoans may already catch AJE on a digital subchannel of public television station WYCC, but AJE officials expect to reach a much wider audience through the new cable distributor.</p><p>Since it launched its English language channel in 2006, Al Jazeera has failed to find a national distributor.&nbsp;It was saddled with a bad reputation brought on by criticism by some administration officials under former President George W. Bush. They characterized AJE's older, sister, Arabic-language channel as an anti-American, pro-terrorist propaganda unit during the earlier years of the Iraq war.</p><p>But that perception began changing with AJE's coverage of&nbsp;prodemocracy uprisings in the Middle East. Amjad Atallah, AJE's Bureau Chief of the Americas, says American viewers began watching AJE's live webstream to keep track of the protests, bumping up the channel's online traffic by 2500 per cent. The channel also won a prestigious journalism award from Columbia University. The company has strongly touted its debut on a Chicago cable channel. "We do consider this a big stepping stone," said Atallah, "and WTTW is a fantastic channel to partner with."</p><div style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; background-color: rgb(237, 245, 250); font: 12px/170% Verdana,sans-serif; color: rgb(73, 73, 73);"><div><div>&nbsp;</div></div></div></p> Mon, 31 Oct 2011 23:20:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/al-jazeera-english-hits-chicago-cable-waves-93601 Young Chicago critic tapped to host new ‘At the Movies’ http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/young-chicago-critic-tapped-host-%E2%80%98roger-ebert-presents-movies%E2%80%99 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/ignatiy-vishnevetsky AP.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Friday, &quot;<a target="_blank" href="http://www.wttw.com/main.taf?p=1,29,1,7">Ebert Presents At the Movies</a>&quot; premieres on Channel 11/WTTW. The show&rsquo;s format has been tweaked a little but it will still be anchored by two hosts. Joining the Associated Press&rsquo;s<a target="_blank" href="http://awfj.org/author/lemire/"> Christy LeMire</a> is a relatively unknown film buff from Chicago, <a target="_blank" href="http://mubi.com/notebook/posts?author_id=45">Ignatiy Vishnevetsky</a>. <br /><br />&quot;Eight Forty-Eight&quot; host Alison Cuddy spoke with with Ignatiy Vishnevetsky and he began by examining what it means to fill such big shoes.</p><p><em>Music Button: L. Bacalov, &quot;Una Storia Semplice&quot;, from the CD New Cinema Italiano: Original Soundtracks, (Vivi Musica) </em></p></p> Wed, 19 Jan 2011 15:35:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/young-chicago-critic-tapped-host-%E2%80%98roger-ebert-presents-movies%E2%80%99 Winner of last night's mayoral forum? The Mikva Challenge (and other random observations) http://www.wbez.org/blog/justin-kaufmann/winner-last-nights-mayoral-forum-mikva-challenge-and-other-random-observations <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/Photo125_0.jpg" alt="" /><p><p style="text-align: center;"><img title="" alt="" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-January/2011-01-18/Photo125.jpg" style="width: 483px; height: 362px;" /></p><p>The consensus in the media is that last night's mayoral forum was short on substantive news to takeaway. In short, it was a snooze fest. I don't mind though, because it gave me a chance to see our mayoral candidates up close and personal. Well, from my TV anyway.</p><p>Here are some random observations from the mayoral forum, presented by WTTW&nbsp;and Mikva.</p><ul><li>Mikva Foundation puts teenagers to work on the political process. And judging by the amount of time the candidates spent promoting and lauding the foundation's mission, it is the single-most important initiative in the history of Chicago. Seriously, it was like Mikva was playing in the Rose Bowl. It has to help the recruitment process for years to come.</li><li>The major theme was education. The high school students all asked questions about education - and there was a fair amount of overlap between them. What about testing, safety, security, grades, violence, teachers, safety and grades?&nbsp;Little time was spent on other issues. That was by design, as the issues were reflective of the concerns of Chicago youth. When I first learned about the debate, though and heard kids would be asking questions, I was SO&nbsp;hoping we would be looking at talking babies, like the E-Trade commercial.&nbsp; But alas, Chicago isn't ready for that kind of technology.</li><li>The takeaway on violence was: Rahm wants 1,000 new cops. Gery wants 2,000. They both cited TIF funds as a way to pay for more police. Rahm mentioned that $900 million of TIF money is unused? Is this true? Investigative reporters of the world, investigate!&nbsp;Gery wanted to look at the TIF funds and decide what was &quot;good money &quot;spent, and what wasn't. You know, the old &quot;root out corruption&quot; tact in election debates.</li><li>Carol Mosely Braun got into the mix on the topics of violence, crime and neighborhoods. She said, &quot;I've never seen the neighborhoods in the shape they are now.&quot; She went on to say when she was younger, she would walk to school with no fear of drive-by shootings or rats. Drive-bys on one hand, rodents on the other. That's quite a wide range, eh?&nbsp;</li><li>Miguel del Valle definitely has the best Chicago accent. He also cited the way that the blighted downtown neighborhoods turned around, so that gives hope that we can change other neighborhoods. His line of the night: &quot;An organized community is a strong community.&quot;</li></ul><ul><li>One angry teen asked about public transit. They gave that heated, controversial issue to Carol Mosely Braun, who said&nbsp;(paraphrasing here): &quot;Thank you for your question. Great question, very good question. Transportation is important.&quot; Then the forum went on, leaving that transportation answer as the only reference all night.</li></ul><ul><li>Miguel Del Valle's second best line of the night: A lot of damage can be made by incompetent teachers.</li></ul><ul><li>Most of the candidates took umbrage with the educational system we have now, hinting at reform. Longer school days, better accountability for teachers, different focus for curriculum. They outlined most of this in our <a href="http://www.wbez.org/story/2011-mayoral-election/mayoral-education-questionnaires">questionnaire yesterday</a>. All this education-reform talk sounds tough in debates and forums. But what about getting the Chicago Teachers Union on board? Let the fireworks begin!&nbsp;I would love a follow-up forum with CTU&nbsp;and the candidates. We'll just call it &quot;And how is this going to work, exactly????&quot;&nbsp;&nbsp;</li><li>Gery Chico: &quot;Thanks for your question. It was an excellent question.&quot;</li></ul><ul><li>Carol Mosely Braun: We should have an educator at the top of the school system. (BURN&nbsp;CHICO!!!!!)&nbsp; She then went on to say that we don't need an administrator treating you like &quot;widgets on a spreadsheet.&quot; My Excel skills are pretty bad - but what is a widget?&nbsp;</li><li>Rahm Emanuel loves to be emphatic, then meandering. He makes a strong point with a short sentence, then realizes he has more time and circles around the same subject to end his longer than necessary thought with the same short sentence. Then Carol&nbsp;Marin tells him to tighten it up again, he interrupts, talks about what he did in Congress for another 30 seconds, mentions parents and then takes off his jacket.</li><li>AHHGHGHGH!&nbsp;Rahm brandishes the missing finger! He held up four fingers to illustrate a point. Luckily, he was only counting to four, so it worked.</li></ul><ul><li>Rahm and Chico want longer school days. Who is standing in the way of that? Oh, right: The Chicago Teachers Union.</li><li>Memo to Rahm: When you say &quot;to be honest...&quot; too much, then when you don't, we think you are lying.</li><li>Carol Moseley Braun was talking about cleaning up school or the streets. I&nbsp;think she said we have to get rid of the bad apples. But I&nbsp;heard, we have to get rid of the bad actors. Which is accurate, as well...</li><li>Also, what respiratory illnesses does Carol Moseley Braun have? She talked about air quality and referenced that she has personally suffered from it. That's why she went into organics. Which seemed to be a tad round about just to promote her business. I&nbsp;was hoping she would have pulled out a jar of lotion or something.</li><li>WTTW could lose the graphic. It's not their fault - it's TV's fault. Everything but the kitchen sink has to be in the lower-third, but that lower-third is creeping to the mid-third.</li><li>Right at the end, Emanuel took off his suit jacket. I wonder if his iPhone buzzed - I'd put money on it that he set the alarm to cue that move. &quot;Oh, it's almost over? Great, one more move to seal it...&quot;&nbsp;</li></ul><ul><li>Chicago Tonight did a great job with the forum. Having Phil Ponce and Carol Marin yell at the candidates for time was great. And the on-line streaming continuing the debate was a great idea. And how bout this?&nbsp;In a world where everyone has a forum, Chicago Tonight has two! They did the Mikva sponsored one last night and they have another one next week, featuring the same candidates.&nbsp;</li></ul><p><strong>Here are the questions I&nbsp;would ask if I&nbsp;were hosting the next forum:</strong></p><p>For Rahm: So where were you during the Lewinsky scandal? The office next door, right?&nbsp;</p><p>Carol&nbsp;Mosely Braun:&nbsp; You have a lot of mortgages on your house. What's your long-term strategy to get out of personal debt?&nbsp;</p><p>Miguel Del&nbsp;Valle: What's with that Chicago accent?&nbsp;</p><p>Gery Chico: No seriously, how did you make that much money?</p><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Tue, 18 Jan 2011 15:16:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blog/justin-kaufmann/winner-last-nights-mayoral-forum-mikva-challenge-and-other-random-observations No spark in first major Chicago mayoral debate http://www.wbez.org/story/bill-dock-walls/no-spark-first-major-debate-mayorals-race <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/Photo125.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>In their first major televised debate, candidates for Chicago mayor tried to prove to the 250 high schoolers in attendance - and everyone watching at home - that they know how to improve the city's schools, decrease the drop-out rate and prevent crime.</p><p>Facing several dozen questions from the students, the mayoral hopefuls provided little drama and few specifics in their responses. Instead, they shared snippets from their campaign platforms.</p><p>Miguel del Valle says if teacher training, mentoring and evaluating are improved, &quot;You will be able to weed out the individuals who should go into another profession. They shouldn't be teaching.&quot;<br /> <br /> Gery Chico wants to give a laptop computer to every student, a plan he defended to a skeptical student.</p><p>&quot;Instead of just using textbooks, and say, 'Open your social studies book to Chapter 5. Let's read about China,' I'd rather you be able to have you get on Skype and talk to your counterparts in Beijing,&quot; Chico said.</p><p>Carol Moseley Braun said that to help reduce Chicagos' dropout rate, it is up to schools to provide alternatives to gangs.<br /> <br />&quot;If basketball is somebody's life, that they can have basketball at school, and that'd be an incentive for them to stay in,&quot; Moseley Braun said.<br /> <br /> To make sure all kids have access to a variety of extra-curricular activities, Rahm Emanuel said he wants to &quot;consolidate&quot; schools.<br /> <br /> &quot;That's the tough choices we're going to have to make,&quot; Emanuel said. &quot;So you can make sure you get what you need.&quot;</p><p>The two other candidates for mayor, Bill &quot;Dock&quot; Walls and Patricia Van Pelt Watkins, were not invited to attend. Nonetheless, Van Pelt Watkins answered all the questions posed to the other candidates, according to her campaign. The video is posted on her <a href="http://www.patriciaforchicago.com/">website</a>.</p><p>The forum was sponsored by WTTW public television, which <a href="http://www.wttw.com/main.taf?p=42,8,80">broadcast it</a> Monday night, and Mikva Challenge, a group that tries to get students involved in politics and government.</p><p>School violence and harassment also came up during the debate, and three of the four candidates said they had personally been victims of bullying.</p><p>Asked for deatils following the debate, Emanuel said his bike was stolen and he was beat up after returning from a summer trip to Israel.<br /><br />&quot;That type of bullying happened when I was growing up because of what I look like when I get very tan, dark,&quot; Emanuel said.<br /><br />Miguel del Valle also said he received a lot of bruises.<br /><br />&quot;It was racial,&quot; Del Valle told reporters. &quot;I was one of the first Latino families to move into the neighborhood.&quot;<br /><br />Carol Moseley Braun says there was this one girl in particular who would pick on her over and over again.<br /><br />&quot;One day I just kind of went berserk,&quot; Moseley Braun said, laughing. &quot;She didn't pick on me anymore.&quot;<br /><br />The only candidate to say he was not bullied was Gery Chico.<br /><br />&quot;You know, you got in one or two fights in my neighborhood. You learned how to defend yourself,&quot; Chico said. &quot;You won a couple fights. They left you alone.&quot;</p></p> Tue, 18 Jan 2011 06:00:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/bill-dock-walls/no-spark-first-major-debate-mayorals-race Mayor Monday: Taking on Chicago's education needs http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/mayor-monday-taking-chicagos-education-needs <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/public schools_0.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>To get a sense of the education challenges facing Chicago&rsquo;s next mayor, &quot;Eight Forty-Eight&quot; talked with some of the people most affected. Jeff Wright is a principal at <a target="_blank" href="http://kingcollegeprep.org/kcpweb/">King College Prep</a>, a selective enrollment high school on Chicago&rsquo;s South Side. He was joined by Laurise Johnson, a junior at <a target="_blank" href="http://www.sullivanhs.org/">Sullivan High School</a> in Chicago&rsquo;s Rogers Park neighborhood, and WBEZ&rsquo;s education reporter Linda Lutton.<br /><br />Laurise Johnson will be a participant in <a target="_blank" href="http://www.wttw.com/">WTTW&rsquo;s</a> mayoral debate, where more than 200 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.mikvachallenge.org/">Mikva Challenge</a> students will have the chance to question the city&rsquo;s major mayoral contenders. That airs Monday on WTTW channel 11 at 7:00.</p><p>&quot;Eight Forty-Eight&quot; took your questions and ideas, too. If you weren't able to get them into the live conversation, you can leave them in the comments section.</p><p><em>Music Button: Trent Reznor, &quot;In Motion&quot;, from the CD The Social Network-Original Soundtrack, (Null Records) </em></p></p> Mon, 17 Jan 2011 14:47:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/mayor-monday-taking-chicagos-education-needs First televised Chicago mayoral debate Monday http://www.wbez.org/story/bill-dock-walls/first-televised-chicago-mayoral-debate-monday <p><p>The candidates for Chicago mayor meet Monday for their first televised debate of the election season, and they will have to answer questions posed by teenagers.</p><p>Organizers said about 200 Chicago high school students will take part in the debate at the studios of WTTW public television. They will get to quiz mayoral contenders Gery Chico, Miguel del Valle, Rahm Emanuel and Carol Moseley Braun.</p><p>Not invited are the two other candidates on the ballot: Patricia Van Pelt Watkins and Bill &quot;Dock&quot; Walls. Walls called the station's decision &quot;unfortunate,&quot; but said Friday that he is not going to bother complaining. Van Pelt Watkins' campaign said it planned to push the issue, still hoping to snag a seat at the table.</p><p>WTTW said in a statement that it chooses who to invite to debates the same way it chooses all guests on its <em>Chicago Tonight</em> program: by using &quot;news judgment.&quot;</p><p>This is the first of at least four televised debates where major candidates are expected to appear. It is taking place exactly two weeks before early voting begins at polling places around the city.</p></p> Mon, 17 Jan 2011 06:00:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/bill-dock-walls/first-televised-chicago-mayoral-debate-monday Mayoral education questionnaires http://www.wbez.org/story/2011-mayoral-election/mayoral-education-questionnaires <p><p><img width="600" height="44" title="" alt="" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/sites/default/files/Partner-Logos-email.jpg" /></p><p>WBEZ&nbsp;teamed up with <audio class="mediaelement-formatter-identified-1328070153-1" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/insert-image/2011-january/2011-01-17/20110117-c.mp3">&nbsp;</audio></p><p>&nbsp;</p><table cellspacing="1" cellpadding="1" border="0" align="left" style="width: 600px; height: 1269px;"><tbody><tr><td width="285" bordercolor="#ffffff"><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wbez.org/page/education-questionnaire-gery-chico"><img width="200" height="200" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/sites/default/files/GERYCHICOedit.jpg" alt="" title="" /></a></p></td><td width="302"><p><a href="http://www.wbez.org/page/education-questionnaire-gery-chico"><strong>Gery Chico</strong></a></p><p><em>This isn&rsquo;t about politics, it&rsquo;s about doing the best job we can for our kids.&nbsp; </em></p></td></tr><tr><td width="285" bordercolor="#ffffff"><a href="http://www.wbez.org/page/education-questionnaire-miguel-del-valle"><img width="200" height="200" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/sites/default/files/MIGUELDELVALLEedit.jpg" alt="" title="" /></a></td><td width="302"><a href="http://www.wbez.org/page/education-questionnaire-miguel-del-valle"><strong>Miguel Del Valle</strong></a><p><em>We need to invest public resources in a way that ensures that every neighborhood school is a quality school.</em></p></td></tr><tr><td width="285" bordercolor="#ffffff"><p><a href="http://www.wbez.org/page/education-questionnaire-rahm-emanuel"><img width="200" height="200" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/sites/default/files/RAHMARRIVES2edit.jpg" alt="" title="" /></a></p></td><td width="302"><p><a href="http://www.wbez.org/page/education-questionnaire-rahm-emanuel"><strong>R</strong><strong>ahm Emanuel</strong></a></p><p><em>I approach every education decision with one question: how do we better educate our children. </em></p></td></tr><tr><td width="285">&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wbez.org/page/education-questionnaire-carol-moseley-braun"><img width="200" height="200" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/sites/default/files/Braun2_by_Chip_Mitchelledit.jpg" alt="" title="" /></a></td><td width="302"><p><em>&nbsp;</em><a href="http://www.wbez.org/page/education-questionnaire-carol-moseley-braun"><strong>Carol Moseley Braun</strong></a></p><p><em>I support having somebody with a proven track record in education to lead the school system.<br /></em></p></td></tr><tr><td width="285">&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wbez.org/page/education-questionnaire-patricia-van-pelt-watkins"><img width="200" height="200" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/sites/default/files/Watkins1_by_Chip_Mitchelledit.jpg" alt="" title="" /></a></td><td width="302"><p><a href="http://www.wbez.org/page/education-questionnaire-patricia-van-pelt-watkins"><strong>Patricia Van Pelt-Watkins</strong></a></p><p><em>I believe in creating as many opportunities as possible for our students to have access to a quality public education.&nbsp; </em></p></td></tr><tr><td width="285">&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wbez.org/page/education-questionnaire-william-doc-walls-iii"><img width="200" height="200" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/sites/default/files/WILLIAMWALLSedit.jpg" alt="" title="" /></a></td><td width="302"><p>&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wbez.org/page/education-questionnaire-william-doc-walls-iii"><strong>William &quot;Doc&quot; Walls, III</strong></a></p><p><em>Our objective is provide a superior public school education for each and every individual child. </em></p></td></tr></tbody></table><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>The Questions:</strong><br /><br /><a href="http://www.wbez.org/page/education-question-1">Do you want control of the Chicago Public Schools? If so, how should Board of Education members be selected? Should some of them be elected?</a><br /><br /><a href="http://www.wbez.org/page/education-question-2">Do you believe the chief executive officer of the Chicago Public Schools should be an educator? Why or why not? What are the main qualities you would look for?</a><br /><br /><a href="http://www.wbez.org/page/education-question-3">Should the School Board conduct a national search for a new schools chief?</a><br /><br /><a href="http://www.wbez.org/page/education-question-4">Chicago has the shortest school day among large, urban districts. What would you do about that?</a><br /><br /><a href="http://www.wbez.org/page/education-question-5">CPS is looking at another enormous deficit for the 2011-2012 school year &ndash; under the teachers&rsquo; union contract, salaries are scheduled to rise another 4 percent, and federal stimulus money will be gone. How do you get out of that mess?</a> <br /><br /><a href="http://www.wbez.org/page/education-question-6">Would you support the closing of low-performing and under-enrolled schools? Why or why not?</a><br /><br /><a href="http://www.wbez.org/page/education-question-7">Would you support the continued expansion of charter schools in Chicago? Why or why not?</a> <br /><br /><a href="http://www.wbez.org/page/education-question-8">Do think it is it too hard to fire bad teachers who have tenure? If so, what do you think should be done about that?</a> <br /><br /><a href="http://www.wbez.org/page/education-question-9">Should seniority govern teacher layoffs? If not, how would you recommend that future layoffs be handled?</a><br /><br /><a href="http://www.wbez.org/page/education-question-10">In New York and Los Angeles, controversy has erupted over whether teacher evaluations should be made public or shared with parents. Is that a good idea? Would you push to share evaluations with parents in Chicago?</a><br /><br /><a href="http://www.wbez.org/page/education-question-11">Do schools have a role in stopping youth violence?&nbsp; If so, what should schools do, and how would you support their efforts?</a><br /><br /><a href="http://www.wbez.org/page/education-question-12">What would success with your education agenda look like at the end of your first term?</a></p></p> Mon, 17 Jan 2011 06:00:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/2011-mayoral-election/mayoral-education-questionnaires