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Election 2011: Guide to upcoming mayoral debates

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Like the frigid temperatures, mayoral debate season has arrived in full force in Chicago.

As many as 12 forums have been scheduled between now and the February 22nd run-off, including the first official mayoral forum held on December 8th at UIC.

In service to you, dear reader, we’re providing a one-stop shop for the scheduled debates as we know them. Caveat: All details are subject to change.

Tuesday, December 14th

What: New Chicago 2011 Mayoral Forum

When: 6:30pm

Where: UIC Forum 725 W. Roosevelt Road

Who: The New Chicago 2011 Coalition, featuring 20 community groups including the JCUA, the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless and the Southwest Youth Collaborative.

Wednesday, December 15th

What: Chicago Mayoral Forum on Education

When: 7pm

Where: Walter Payton College Prep, 1034 N. Wells

Who: Raise Your Hand, Illinois Policy Institute, Northside Democracy in America

Details: Andy Shaw, moderator

Thursday, December 16th

What: Chicago Teachers Union Mayoral Forum on Public Edu

When: 6pm

Where: Operating Engineers Hall (2260 S. Grove Ave, Chicago, IL)

Who: Chicago Teachers Union, Access Chicago, SEIU Local 73

Tuesday, January 11th

What: National Public Housing Museum Mayoral Candidate Forum

When: 5pm-7pm

Where: Chicago Cultural Center, Claudia Cassidy Theater

Who: National Public Housing Museum

Monday, January 17th

What: WTTW Chicago Tonight Debate

When: 7pm (tape delayed)

Where: WTTW Channel 11

Who: WTTW and the Mikva Challenge

Details: First broadcast debate; first attended by Emanuel. Focus on issues of importance to youth and featuring audience of Chicago Public High School students; Candidates confirmed include Chico, Del Valle, Emanuel, Moseley-Braun; Moderators: Phil Ponce & Carol Marin

Wednesday, January 19th

What: Chicago Mayoral Forum on Community & Environmental Issues

When: 7pm-9pm

Where: Chicago Marriott - Downtown (Magnificent Mile) 540 N. Michigan Ave (7th Fl)

Who: Community and environmental organizations, including SOAR, Openlands, ELPC, and others.

Details: Confirmed candidates include Chico, Del Valle, and Moseley Braun. Moderator will be Andy Shaw of the Better Government Association.

Wednesday, January 19th (TBD)

What: The CSU Mayoral Forum

When: TBD

Where: Chicago State University, New Academic Library, 9501 S. King Drive

Who: Chicago State University

Thursday, January 27th

What: WGN-TV, Chicago Tribune, City Club of Chicago Debate

When: 7pm

Where: WGN TV 9, CLTV, WGN 720-AM, chicagotribune.com

Who: See above.

Details: Chico, Del Valle, Emanuel and Moseley Braun have all agreed to participate. Micah Matierre and Bruce Dold will moderate.

Friday, January 28th

What: Community PTA Mayoral Forum and 8th & 9th Ward Candidates Forum

When: Doors open at 6pm; Forum begins at 7pm sharp

Where: Corliss High School Auditorium (821 E. 103rd Street)

Who: Black Star Community PTA and Educational Village Keepers Community PTSA, with the Chicago Teachers Union and others.

Details: Del Valle, Walls and Watkins have agreed to participate. Chico has declined due to a conflict. Awaiting responses from others. Garrard McClendon of WTTW will moderate. Advance registration required.

Wednesday, February 2nd

What: Union League Club of Chicago’s Breakfast @ 65 West Mayoral Candidate Forum

When: 8 a.m.

Where: Union League Club

Who: Union League Club of Chicago, 65 West Jackson Blvd

Details: Chico, Del Valle, Moseley-Braun have agreed to participate; Emanuel invited; open to the public. Moderator: Chris Robling

Wednesday, February 2nd

What: The Chicago Defender Mayoral Forum

When: 6p-8p

Where: DuSable Museum of African American History 740 E. 56th Place

Thursday, February 10th

What: FOX 32/WVON-AM/Chicago Urban League Mayoral Debate

When: 9:30p to 10:30p

Where: Kennedy-King College 6301 S. Halsted

Details: Chico, Del Valle, Emanuel, and Moseley-Braun are expected

Monday, February 14th

What: Chicago Tonight/City Club of Chicago Debate

When: 7 p.m. - Televised

Where: WTTW

Who: WTTW’s Chicago Tonight, The City Club of Chicago

Details: Carol Marin, moderator

Tuesday, February 15th

What: Mayoral Forum on Violence Against Women; Girls and LBGTQ

When: Doors open @ 5:30pm; Forum 6pm - 7:30pm

Where: Chicago-Kent College of Law (565 W. Adams Street)

Who: Chicago Foundation for Women, Rape Victim Advocates, CAASE, Center on Halsted, Chicago Metropolitan Battered Women’s Network

Details: Moderator will be Alison Cuddy of WBEZ’s Eight Forty-Eight

Thursday, February 17th

What: ABC-7, League of Women Voters Chicago Mayoral Debate

When: 6pm-8pm

Where: Oriental Theater

Details: Chico, Del Valle, Emanuel, and Moseley-Braun are expected.

Use this list as a handy guide - and be sure to let us know if you learn of changes or other forums along the way.

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