WBEZ | bill walls http://www.wbez.org/tags/bill-walls Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en All mayoral candidates say they'd tackle recidivism http://www.wbez.org/story/bill-walls/all-mayoral-candidates-say-theyd-tackle-recidivism <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/del valle emanuel walls.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>All the candidates for Chicago mayor promised to do more to help city residents with criminal records get jobs. The statements came during a debate Wednesday evening sponsored by the <em>Chicago Defender</em> newspaper.<br /><br />Patricia Van Pelt Watkins said she would push legislation banning job applications that ask a person to disclose a criminal conviction.<br /><br />&quot;I'm not saying you don't do a background check,&quot; Watkins said. &quot;You do a background check, but after they've been approved for the job. And if they have something in their record that doesn't impact that job, they should get the job.&quot;<br /><br />Gery Chico said he'd make sure businesses give ex-offenders a chance, especially if those businesses receive city economic development dollars.<br /><br />&quot;Maybe [my administration would] have a requirement to hire some people from our second chance program,&quot; Chico said.<br /><br />Miguel del Valle said current programs for ex-offenders are too small, and del Valle doubted his opponents' commitment to addressing the recidivism issue.<br /><br />&quot;I don't think that if certain people here on the stage are elected, that this is going to be on the map, or stay on the map,&quot; del Valle said.<br /><br />All six candidates for mayor were invited and attended the Wednesday debate at the DuSable Museum of African American History. They're expected to meet again Thursday night for a debate sponsored by the Chicago Urban League at Kennedy-King College.</p></p> Fri, 11 Feb 2011 05:27:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/bill-walls/all-mayoral-candidates-say-theyd-tackle-recidivism Mayoral debate gets heated when slave reparations come up http://www.wbez.org/blog/city-room-blog/2011-02-09/mayoral-debate-gets-heated-when-slave-reparations-come-82077 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/del valle emanuel walls_2.jpg" alt="" /><p><p style="text-align: center;"><img height="225" width="300" src="http://www.wbez.org/sites/default/files/blog/insert-image/2011-February/2011-02-10/del valle emanuel walls.jpg" alt="Miguel del Valle, Rahm Emanuel and Bill " dock="" walls="" at="" the="" debate="" wednesday.="" title="(WBEZ/Sam Hudzik)" /></p><p>All six candidates for Chicago mayor claim they support reparations for descendants of United State slaves, but they have different definitions of what that means.</p><p>The topic came up at a debate Wednesday evening sponsored by the <em>Chicago Defender</em> newspaper at the DuSable Museum of African American History. Intermixed with questions about schools, the city budget, recidivism and Tax increment Financing districts, was the question about reparations.</p><p>Some of the answers, which follow below, include perhaps the most heated rhetoric of the evening.</p><p><strong>Carol Moseley Braun</strong></p><p>Braun gave a very straightforward answer that highlighted her past support for reparations and other civil rights issues, such as those involving the Confederate flag and the Underground Railroad.</p><p><audio class="mediaelement-formatter-identified-1328078451-1" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/sites/default/files/del valle answer.mp3">&nbsp;</audio></p></p> Thu, 10 Feb 2011 05:48:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blog/city-room-blog/2011-02-09/mayoral-debate-gets-heated-when-slave-reparations-come-82077 Final day for mayoral candidates to file petitions for the ballot http://www.wbez.org/story/bill/final-day-mayoral-candidates-file-ballot <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/IMG_0225.JPG" alt="" /><p><p>Monday is the final day for candidates for city offices in Chicago to turn in their election paperwork, and a couple mayor hopefuls still haven't filed their petitions.<br /><br />When the Chicago Board of Election Commissioners closed for the weekend, nine candidates had filed to run for mayor. The list includes some big names, like U.S. Rep. Danny Davis, D-Chicago, and ex-White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel. It also includes some lesser-knowns, such as hypnotherapist Jay Stone and music producer and author Tyrone Carter.<br /><br />At least two more people are expected to file Monday: state Senator James Meeks and community activist Bill &quot;Dock &quot; Walls. Walls last week said he wants to turn in his petition last. If that happens, Walls will get the last spot on the ballot, a position he hopes would help his name stick out in what could be a long list of candidates.<br /><br />Still unknown is how many names will end up on the ballot. Over the next week, campaigns may file objections against each other's petitions. Those challenges would be decided by the three-member election board, and - if necessary - the courts.</p></p> Mon, 22 Nov 2010 13:00:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/bill/final-day-mayoral-candidates-file-ballot Analysis: Chicago mayoral hopefuls file for the ballot http://www.wbez.org/story/andrew-holmes/analysis-chicago-mayoral-hopefuls-file-ballot <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/holmes.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Most candidates for Chicago mayor are now one step closer to getting on the ballot. Monday was the first day they could file the required 12,500 signatures with the Chicago Board of Election Commissioners. By 9 o&rsquo;clock Monday morning when the office doors opened, the line of candidates snaked through the underground pedway below Daley Plaza.<br /><br />WBEZ&rsquo;s political reporter Sam Hudzik was there. He joined host Shawn Allee to talk about the day, and what's ahead in the race for mayor.<br />&nbsp;</p></p> Mon, 15 Nov 2010 22:21:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/andrew-holmes/analysis-chicago-mayoral-hopefuls-file-ballot