LINCOLN SQUARE — While not as glamorous as, say, a presidential debate, Local School Council candidate forums are an equally vital part of the democratic process when it comes to running Chicago's schools.
As LSC elections near — April 7 at elementary schools, April 8 at high schools — each school is required to provide a platform for candidates to present their credentials, reasons for running and vision for the school.
While a number of schools are still short of candidates, others boast a crowded field of contenders, offering voters true choice. At Amundsen High School, for example, six community members are vying for two available seats.
Schools that have posted the dates and times of their forums:
Amundsen High School, 6 p.m., March 20, school library, 5110 N. Damen Ave.
Audubon Elementary, 6 p.m., April 2, 3500 N. Hoyne Ave.
Coonley Elementary, 7:15 p.m., March 18, library, 4046 N. Leavitt St.
Edison Regional Gifted Center, 6:30 p.m., April 1, library, 4928 N. Sawyer Ave.
Hibbard Elementary, 3:30 p.m., March 17, 3244 W. Ainslie Ave.
Lane Tech College Prep High School, 5:30 p.m., March 20, Room 113, 2501 W. Addison St.
Murphy Elementary, 4 p.m., March 20, auditorium, 3539 W. Grace St.
Palmer Elementary, 7 p.m., March 20, auditorium, 5051 N. Kenneth Ave.
Peterson Elementary, 5:45 p.m., March 18, 5510 N. Christiana Ave.
Ravenswood Elementary, 6 p.m., March 27, gymnasium, 4332 N. Paulina Ave.
Von Steuben High School, 6 p.m., March 17, auditorium, 5039 N. Kimball Ave.
Prospective candidates have until 3 p.m. Friday to file the necessary forms with their school. Chicago Public Schools has created a map that indicates which schools still need parents and/or community members to step forward and run for their councils.