WBEZ | Chicago mayoral election http://www.wbez.org/tags/chicago-mayoral-election Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Mayoral candidates could split Chicago vote http://www.wbez.org/story/african-american/mayoral-candidates-could-split-chicago-vote <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/chicago flag.JPG" alt="" /><p><p>The two prominent Latinos running for Chicago mayor say they won't unify around a consensus candidate as several African-Americans who once eyed the job have done.</p><p>Gery Chico and Miguel del Valle are among a crowded field in a campaign that has a chance of producing Chicago's first Latino mayor. How strongly they run could have a big impact on a tough race with two more widely known candidates, former White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel and former U.S. Sen. Carol Moseley Braun.</p><p>Chico, a Mexican-American, is formerly a Chicago schools president and chief of staff to outgoing Mayor Richard Daley. Del Valle, from a Puerto Rican family, currently serves as Chicago's city clerk.</p><p>A runoff would be held if no candidate gets 50 percent on Feb. 22.<br /><br />&nbsp;</p></p> Tue, 11 Jan 2011 21:52:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/african-american/mayoral-candidates-could-split-chicago-vote Davis, Meeks support Braun as top African-American candidate http://www.wbez.org/story/carol-moseley-braun/davis-meeks-support-braun-top-african-american-candidate <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/scaled cmb.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Chicago mayoral candidate Carol Moseley Braun said race wasn't an issue in Congressman Danny Davis' decision to pull out of the race for Chicago Mayor.</p> <div>Braun is now the leading African-American candidate on the ballot for February's election.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Davis said his decision reflects the needs of his constituents.&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&ldquo;Many people in the African-American community felt that they could not support three people,&rdquo; he said. &ldquo;Then they felt that they could not support two people, but they wanted to support one person. Now they&rsquo;ve got the opportunity to clearly support one person.&rdquo;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Braun acknowledged Davis's support at a press conference Monday. State Senator James Meeks was the other leading African American candidate until he dropped out of the race last month. He has also thrown his support behind Braun.&nbsp;</div></p> Mon, 03 Jan 2011 19:51:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/carol-moseley-braun/davis-meeks-support-braun-top-african-american-candidate 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