WBEZ | candidate debates http://www.wbez.org/tags/candidate-debates Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Resumes, partisanship get spotlight as Dems fight over 10th Congressional District http://www.wbez.org/story/resumes-partisanship-get-spotlight-dems-fight-over-10th-congressional-district-97112 <p><p>The Democrats running for Congress in Chicago's Northern suburbs are making their case about who's more qualified for the job and who's more of a Democrat.</p><div class="inset"><div class="insetContent"><p><strong>MORE ON THIS RACE: </strong>Discussion on Friday's <a href="http://www.wbez.org/eight-forty-eight"><em>Eight Forty-Eight with Tony Sarabia</em></a><br> <audio class="mejs mediaelement-formatter-identified-1332748081-1" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/insert-image/2012-march/2012-03-09/120309-sam-hudzik.mp3">&nbsp;</audio><br> <strong>WATCH THE DEBATE: </strong>Posted at WTTW's <a href="http://chicagotonight.wttw.com/2012/03/08/10th-district-democratic-primary-forum"><em>Chicago Tonight</em></a></p></div></div><p>At a 10th District debate Thursday night on WTTW public television, 50-year-old <a href="http://www.cadence-strategy.com/Bradley-S--Schneider.html">business consultant</a> Brad Schneider compared his resume to that of a 25-year-old competitor, Ilya Sheyman.</p><p>"Ilya was the online organizer for MoveOn, which is sending out 5 million emails. And that's good work, but it's not the experience of running a business, hiring people," Schneider said.</p><p>Sheyman wouldn't let that comment sit.</p><p>"I appreciate Brad pulling a Sarah Palin and insulting community organizers for their experience," Schneider said. "My job was to figure out: How do you channel the voices of 5-million ordinary Americans into the political process?"</p><p>Sheyman's <a href="http://www.linkedin.com/in/ilyasheyman">online resume</a> also lists an internship in then-U.S. Sen. Barack Obama's office. That four-month gig gets played up on Sheyman's <a href="http://www.ilyasheyman.com/about/">campaign website</a>.</p><p>"Ilya’s passion for public service led him to work for then Senator Barack Obama," the site reads. "In his role in Constituent Services he helped Illinoisans with questions about Veterans Affairs, Homeland Security and Military Affairs navigate the bureaucracy of the federal government."</p><p>(The 2010 Republican nominee for Illinois lieutenant governor, Jason Plummer, <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/gop-lt-gov-candidate-gets-clever-listing-government-experience">took heat</a> over a <a href="http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2010-02-12/news/ct-met-lt-gov-jason-plummer-20100212_1_lieutenant-governor-gop-office-touts">similarly vague</a> description of internships.)</p><p>John Tree, a colonel in the U.S. Air Force Reserve, said after the debate he hopes to be an alternative to that back-and-forth.</p><p>"They sit there and beat each other up all day long and then I can sit there and come in and win the vote on March 20th," Tree said.</p><p>Along with attorney Vivek Bavda, who stresses his work for the federal reserve and as a teacher, these candidates are running for the chance to face freshman Republican U.S. Rep. Bob Dold in November.</p><p>The primary has grown increasingly negative recently, as Sheyman and groups that support him went after Schneider for political donations he made to Republican candidates, including now-U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk, the North Shore's former congressman.</p><p>Two websites, <a href="http://salsa3.salsalabs.com/o/50385/p/salsa/web/common/public/signup?signup_page_KEY=6366&amp;tag=truthaboutbrad">one funded by Sheyman's campaign</a>, <a href="http://www.schneidertherepublican.com/">another by MoveOn.org</a>, question Schneider's party affiliation.</p><p>"When we talk about you, Brad, you supported and helped elect people like [U.S. Sen.] Mike Johanns, from Nebraska, who just last week led the fight against women's contraception coverage in the U.S. Senate," Sheyman said.</p><p>For his part, Schneider said most of his contributions went to Democrats.</p><p>"A handful of them were to Republicans, all of them in the context of their support of a strong U.S.-Israel relationship," Schneider said.</p><p>Bavda declined to enter the fray, instead focusing on his own qualifications and a jobs plan he said could win bipartisan support.</p></p> Sat, 10 Mar 2012 03:39:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/resumes-partisanship-get-spotlight-dems-fight-over-10th-congressional-district-97112 Quick observations about City Club debate http://www.wbez.org/blog/achy-obejas/quick-observations-about-city-club-debate <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//AP110127043799.jpg" alt="" /><p><p style="text-align: center;"><img style="width: 488px; height: 259px;" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-January/2011-01-28/mayors.png" alt="" title="" /></p> <ol type="1" start="1" style="margin-top: 0in;"><li style="" class="MsoNormal">Gery Chico thinks he&rsquo;s Mayor Daley. It&rsquo;s not just that Carol Moseley-Braun called him out for taking credit for hiring cops, <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/01/27/chicago-mayoral-debate-ca_1_n_815185.html">it&rsquo;s that it&rsquo;s a pattern</a> He&rsquo;s become <a href="http://www.chicagoreader.com/chicago/gery-chico-mayor-daley-ties/Content?oid=3096658">first person singular</a> about any and all things good that have come from Daley and oblivious &ndash;<em> literally unaware</em> &ndash; of the most basic things. According to Carol Felsenthal in <em>Chicago</em> magazine, post-debate Chico claimed he doesn&rsquo;t even know who Burt Odelson<em> is</em>. And I don&rsquo;t know about you, but a mayor who doesn&rsquo;t even read the papers is exactly what I want &hellip;</li></ol> <ol type="1" start="2" style="margin-top: 0in;"><li style="" class="MsoNormal">Rahm Emanuel has been disproving critics who&rsquo;ve called him bombastic by instead being measured, dignified, and reining in his arrogance. Maybe, in part, we should credit the geniuses running Braun&rsquo;s campaign, not just for deciding that part of their strategy would be to make Rahm blow his top, but also for <a href="http://chicago.cbslocal.com/2010/11/11/moseley-braun-sharpens-anti-rahm-strategy/">announcing it</a> &ndash; effectively undermining their own plans. Last night he looked exhausted, but was it just me or did he also seem just a teeny weensy bit exasperated? I wouldn&rsquo;t have minded at all if he&rsquo;d had a fitty if Miguel del Valle had pressed Rahm in person with the question about his involvement with Freddie Mac that he&rsquo;s been asking at all those neighborhood forums. It&rsquo;s a really good question. Rahm, who has pointed out this week on several occasions that he&rsquo;s no lawyer, is also no businessman:<span style=""> </span>his masters from Northwestern is in communications. So it&rsquo;s fair to say he should be able to explain exactly what it is he did at Freddie Mac to earn the $320,000 for attending a handful of meetings. I suspect the only thing truly scandalous is that people get paid that kind of money for going to meetings.</li></ol> <ol type="1" start="3" style="margin-top: 0in;"><li style="" class="MsoNormal">I think it&rsquo;s also fair to say at this point that, should Braun become mayor, there will always be an excellent excuse for her shortcomings, and an attack on whomever is anywhere in sight when she&rsquo;s called to task. Last night, her excuse for paying property taxes late five times is that she was trying to run a business and employ people on the South Side. And, of course, she bristled that she was even asked, then quickly pointed out that Rahm was also late, once. Carol has been pursued throughout her entire career by accusations of financial improprieties. She&rsquo;ll balk, of course, and say she was exonerated and given a clean bill of health each time. But the bottom line is that it happens over and over (and <a href="http://blogs.chicagotribune.com/news_columnists_ezorn/2011/01/from-the-archives-brauns-money-related-controversies.html">the mess with her senate campaign</a> didn&rsquo;t actually get a pass &ndash; the statute of limitations simply ran out on the investigation) and it should make anyone pause before handing the city&rsquo;s budget crisis over to her.</li></ol> <ol type="1" start="4" style="margin-top: 0in;"><li style="" class="MsoNormal">Miguel is so squeaky clean &ndash; I mean, <em>for real </em>&ndash; that when he says &ldquo;Chicago is ready for reform,&rdquo; there&rsquo;s not the slightest bit of irony in his tone. It&rsquo;s not that we believe him, it&rsquo;s that we believe <em>he</em> believes it.</li></ol></p> Fri, 28 Jan 2011 20:56:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blog/achy-obejas/quick-observations-about-city-club-debate Mayoral hopefuls face off at activist forum http://www.wbez.org/story/big-box/mayoral-hopefuls-face-activist-forum <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//DelValle3.JPG" alt="" /><p><p>Chicago mayoral candidates are facing each other in three forums this week. But former White House chief-of-staff Rahm Emanuel isn&rsquo;t participating in any of them.<br /><br />At a community activist forum Tuesday night, several of Emanuel&rsquo;s competitors slammed him as they pointed to an empty seat with his name on it. <br /><br />City Clerk Miguel del Valle accused Emanuel of stalling efforts to overhaul the nation&rsquo;s immigration laws. &ldquo;The individual who was supposed to sit in this chair is the individual most responsible for blocking immigration reform in the United States as a congressman [and] as the chief of staff to the president,&rdquo; del Valle said. &ldquo;How are we to expect him to protect the rights of immigrants in this city? It won&rsquo;t happen.&rdquo;<br /><br />The only other candidate hit with criticism was lobbyist Gery Chico. Former U.S. Senator Carol Moseley Braun answered a question about Chicago school closings by pointing to Chico&rsquo;s years as school board president. &ldquo;Quite frankly, Mr. Chico, you need to be responsible for some of the things that went on with the Chicago public schools,&rdquo; she said. &ldquo;We can do better. Our future depends on it.&rdquo;<br /><br />Chico responded. &ldquo;In 1995, the Illinois General Assembly said our schools were in crisis, long before I got there. And by the time I left in 2001, we were on the upswing,&rdquo; he said. &ldquo;I didn&rsquo;t close schools. We built them.&rdquo;<br /><br />About 2,000 people attended the forum, sponsored by New Chicago 2011, a coalition of more than two-dozen groups. It took place at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Besides education, topics included violence prevention, human rights, jobs and housing.<br /><br /><strong>To hear the entire 74-minute forum, select &ldquo;Listen to this Story&rdquo; (above). Note that forum organizers turned off the microphone whenever a candidate exceeded a time limit.</strong></p></p> Wed, 15 Dec 2010 06:48:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/big-box/mayoral-hopefuls-face-activist-forum