WBEZ | WGN TV http://www.wbez.org/tags/wgn-tv-0 Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en After Emanuel court victory, mayoral debate gets some spice http://www.wbez.org/story/carol-moseley-braun/after-emanuel-court-victory-mayoral-debate-gets-some-spice <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//Mayoral debate Rahm focus - Getty Chris Sweda-Pool.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>The election of Chicago's mayor has entered its post-litigation phase. Candidates say they're ready to focus on city issues after Rahm Emanuel was put back in the race by the Illinois Supreme Court.</p><p>In the minutes after the ruling was announced, Emanuel joked to reporters in downtown Chicago that the long saga over his residency had left a mark.</p><p>&quot;I've got to be honest,&quot;&nbsp;he said. &quot;We're a pretty avid Scrabble-playing family. I have banned the word 'resident' in Scrabble in our household. I never want to see it again. Even if you get it on a triple word, you're not allowed to use it.&quot;</p><p>That rule did not apply at a <a href="http://www.wgntv.com/news/elections/mayor/wgntv-mayoral-candidates-clash-on-ethics-taxes-at-debate-20110127,0,7242506.story">debate at the WGN-TV studios</a> a couple hours later, with the first question focusing on that Supreme Court decision.</p><p>&quot;I'm talking about the issues that affect real Chicagoans, and the ruling today doesn't affect that one way or another,&quot; former U.S. Sen. Carol Moseley Braun said.</p><p>Likewise, City Clerk Miguel del Valle told reporters the ballot fight was a distraction from issues affecting city residents.</p><p>&quot;They want to hear about those things. Not about residency,&quot;&nbsp;del Valle said. &quot;So I'm glad we're there - finally - even though there's only four weeks left.&quot;</p><p>Even less time is left to win support from Chicagoans who take advantage of early voting. That begins Monday.</p><p>In Thursday night's debate, sponsored by the City Club of Chicago, the candidates wasted little time in stepping up their attacks on the frontrunner.</p><p>On at least three occasions, ex-school board head Gery Chico referenced an Emanuel proposal to levy a sales tax on some services, which Chico's campaign dubbed the &quot;Rahm Tax.&quot;&nbsp;&nbsp;Chico says the Chicagoans he's met can't handle a tax &quot;on common services: barber shops, child care, pet clipping.&quot;</p><p>Emanuel's campaign said that the candidate's proposal would tax only what it called &quot;luxury goods.&quot; The campaign denied that barber shops or child care would be taxed under the plan, but acknowledged pet grooming would be.</p><p>Responding to Chico's criticism during the debate, Emanuel noted that his services tax would be coupled with a drop in the sales tax percentage.</p><p>&quot;I do not think it's fair for a single mother with two kids who are trying to buy school supplies to pay a higher sales tax when people who have charter planes, private planes, don't pay,&quot; he said.</p><p>Emanuel spent much of the debate on the defensive, taking hits from each of his opponents. Chico also faced a good number of attacks from rivals Braun and del Valle.</p></p> Fri, 28 Jan 2011 06:27:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/carol-moseley-braun/after-emanuel-court-victory-mayoral-debate-gets-some-spice