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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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