WBEZ | Mayoral Candidate http://www.wbez.org/tags/mayoral-candidate Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Chicago mayoral candidate Gery Chico touts past service http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-02-17/chicago-mayoral-candidate-gery-chico-touts-past-service-82461 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/Gery Chico mayoral forum Getty_0.JPG" alt="" /><p><p>Over the past two weeks, <em>Eight Forty-Eight</em> sat down for one-on-one interviews with the candidates for Chicago mayor. Host Alison Cuddy talked with Miguel del Valle, Carol Moseley Braun, Patricia Van Pelt-Watkins, Rahm Emanuel and William &ldquo;Dock&rdquo; Walls. Thursday, it's the man considered the ultimate insider &ndash; <a target="_blank" href="http://www.gerychico.com/">Gery Chico</a>. Chico&rsquo;s ties to the City of Chicago go back to the late '70s, when he worked for the city&rsquo;s Department of Planning. After earning a law degree he joined local firm Sidley Austin LLP and served as General Counsel to <a target="_blank" href="http://www.cityofchicago.org/city/en/depts/dcd/supp_info/community_developmentcommission.html">Chicago&rsquo;s development council</a>.<br /><br />From 1992 through 1995 Chico served as Mayor Daley&rsquo;s Chief of Staff. Over the years, Chico was part of the leadership of a number of city agencies. He was president of the Chicago Public Schools Board, head of the Parks District Board and most recently chairman of the City Colleges of Chicago.<br /><br />He was also a member of the Chicago 2016 Olympics Committee. And his legal practice continues at his own firm Chico &amp; Nunes.<em> Eight Forty-Eight</em> caught up with Chico earlier this week, right after the new census numbers revealed Chicago&rsquo;s population shrink. When I asked how he&rsquo;d address the issue, Chico pinpointed crime as a major factor.<br />&nbsp;</p><p><strong>POST-ELECTION SPECIAL:</strong></p><p><em>Eight Forty-Eight</em> will a live broadcast for its post-election day show. It will be at the Navy Pier studios on Wednesday, Feb. 23 at 9:00 a.m. If you&rsquo;re interested in participating, please send an email to <a href="mailto:848@wbez.org?subject=Post-Election%20Show"><strong>848@wbez.org</strong></a> with the subject line: Post Election Show. Or call <strong>312-948-4848</strong>.</p><p><em>Music Button: Bassnectar, &quot;Wildstyle Love (ft 40 Love)&quot;, Wildstyle</em></p></p> Thu, 17 Feb 2011 14:09:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-02-17/chicago-mayoral-candidate-gery-chico-touts-past-service-82461 Chicago mayoral candidate Patricia Van Pelt-Watkins http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-02-14/chicago-mayoral-candidate-patricia-van-pelt-watkins-82296 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/Watkins Hudzick.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>It's just eight days until the Feb. 22 municipal election. And if you want to vote early, there's only three more days to fill out a ballot. Last week <em>Eight Forty-</em> kicked off its one-on-one interviews with the candidates for mayor. Host Alison Cuddy sat down with Miguel Del Valle and Carol Moseley Braun. This week she&rsquo;ll speak with Rahm Emanuel, William &ldquo;Dock&rdquo; Walls and Gery Chico. On this<a target="_blank" href="http://www.wbez.org/series/mayor-monday"> <em>Mayor Monday</em></a>, it's <a target="_blank" href="http://www.patriciaforchicago.com/index.php">Patricia Van Pelt-Watkins</a> turn.<br /><br />Watkins calls herself an advocate for the disadvantaged. She was born and raised in Chicago. She lived in Cabrini Green and struggled with drugs early in her life. Later she earned a Ph.D. while raising her family. Watkins went on to co-found the 300-member Ambassadors of Christ Church in Chicago&rsquo;s Auburn-Gresham neighborhood. She&rsquo;s also a founder of the <a target="_blank" href="http://targetarea.org/">Target Area Development Corporation</a>, a group that works on various issues in the community.<br /><br />Listen to the other candidates' interview below. <br /><br />Alison Cuddy hosts a <a target="_blank" href="http://www.cfw.org/Page.aspx?pid=1267">mayoral forum</a> Tuesday about violence against women and LGBTQ at the Chicago-Kent College of Law.</p></p> Mon, 14 Feb 2011 14:17:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-02-14/chicago-mayoral-candidate-patricia-van-pelt-watkins-82296 Chicago mayoral candidate Miguel del Valle campaigns as a reformer http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-02-08/chicago-mayoral-candidate-miguel-del-valle-campaigns-reformer-81970 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/Picture 005_0.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>The 2011 Chicago municipal election is two weeks away. Tuesday, <em>Eight Forty-Eight</em> begins its one-on-one conversations with the candidates for mayor. The show plans to talk with everyone still in the race: Gery Chico, Rahm Emanuel, Carol Mosley Braun, Patricia Van Pelt Watkins and William &quot;Dock&quot; Walls.<br /><br />First up is <a target="_blank" href="http://www.delvalleformayor.com/">Miguel del Valle</a>. Del Valle first entered the political arena in 1982 when he worked on Harold Washington&rsquo;s successful mayoral campaign. In 1986, del Valle was elected to the state senate; he was the first Latino in that chamber. During his 20 years in the office, del Valle served as Assistant Majority Leader and chair of the Senate Education Committee.<br /><br />The current Mayor Daley appointed him <a target="_blank" href="http://www.chicityclerk.com/">City Clerk</a> in 2006. A few months later he was elected to a four-year term. Under del Valle, the office is credited with implementing unprecedented levels of transparency. But Miguel del Valle considers community activism his life&rsquo;s work.<br /><br />Thursday <em>Eight Forty-Eight</em> talks with mayoral candidate Carol Mosley Braun.</p><p><em>Music Button: Stanton Moore, &quot;Root Cellar&quot;, from the CD Groove Alchemy, (Telarc) </em></p></p> Tue, 08 Feb 2011 14:44:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-02-08/chicago-mayoral-candidate-miguel-del-valle-campaigns-reformer-81970 De Jesus pulls out of Chicago mayoral race http://www.wbez.org/story/drops-out/de-jesus-pulls-out-chicago-mayoral-race <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/IMG_6323.JPG" alt="" /><p><p>Another candidate is out of the Chicago mayoral race.</p><p>Rev. Wilfredo De Jesus is pulling out and plans to throw his support behind former Chicago school board president Gery Chico. In a news release announcing his withdrawal Friday, De Jesus' campaign says he and Chico share a commitment to economic development and fighting poverty and homelessness.</p><p>De Jesus is the senior pastor at the New Life Covenant Church in Chicago's Humboldt Park neighborhood and a commissioner on the city's Zoning Board of Appeals.<br /><br />&nbsp;</p></p> Fri, 07 Jan 2011 15:59:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/drops-out/de-jesus-pulls-out-chicago-mayoral-race Chico calls for cuts to CPS central office http://www.wbez.org/story/advocate/chico-calls-cuts-cps-central-office <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/chico_cropped.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><em>A correction has been made to this story</em></p><p>Mayoral candidate Gery Chico has vowed to slash Chicago Public Schools central office by a third if he&rsquo;s elected. Chico made his announcement while he unveiled his education platform. He said bureaucracy has gone unchecked since he left a post as president of Chicago Public Schools in 2001.</p><p>&ldquo;It&rsquo;s clear to me that the Chicago Public Schools central administration has become bloated and overgrown again. We need to dismantle it and reconstruct it,&rdquo; Chico said.</p><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <w:WordDocument> <w:View>Normal</w:View> <w:Zoom>0</w:Zoom> <w:PunctuationKerning/> <w:ValidateAgainstSchemas/> <w:SaveIfXMLInvalid>false</w:SaveIfXMLInvalid> <w:IgnoreMixedContent>false</w:IgnoreMixedContent> <w:AlwaysShowPlaceholderText>false</w:AlwaysShowPlaceholderText> <w:Compatibility> <w:BreakWrappedTables/> <w:SnapToGridInCell/> <w:WrapTextWithPunct/> <w:UseAsianBreakRules/> <w:DontGrowAutofit/> </w:Compatibility> <w:BrowserLevel>MicrosoftInternetExplorer4</w:BrowserLevel> </w:WordDocument> </xml><![endif]--><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <w:LatentStyles DefLockedState="false" LatentStyleCount="156"> </w:LatentStyles> </xml><![endif]--><!--[if !mso]><object classid="clsid:38481807-CA0E-42D2-BF39-B33AF135CC4D" id=ieooui></object> <style> st1\:*{behavior:url(#ieooui) } </style> <![endif]--><!--[if !supportAnnotations]--><!--[endif]--><!--[if gte mso 10]> <style> /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0in; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:10.0pt; font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-ansi-language:#0400; mso-fareast-language:#0400; mso-bidi-language:#0400;} </style> <![endif]--> <p class="MsoNormal">Chico also announced his plan to extend the school day by two hours and the school year by 25 days. His plan includes the introduction of parent academies, as well as the creation of a new post: Parent Advocate General. Chico said such an advocate could help educate parents about their children&rsquo;s educational <a style="">options</a>.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">Chico also threw his support behind Mayor Richard Daley's recent appointment of Terry Mazany as interim schools chief for CPS. Chico said he hopes Mazany will move quickly to appoint a Chief Education Officer, a position that CPS has been without since last year when Barbara Eason-Watkins left the position.</p> <div style="">&nbsp;</div> <p><em>&nbsp;An earlier version of this story misstated the end date for Gery Chico's tenure as CPS school board president 1993</em>. <em>It was 2001.</em></p></p> Wed, 17 Nov 2010 00:13:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/advocate/chico-calls-cuts-cps-central-office