CITY HALL — The mayor's campaign has confirmed a schedule of five debates with the top challengers running against him.
Steve Mayberry, campaign spokesman for Mayor Rahm Emanuel, confirmed Monday that the mayor has agreed to five debates, as previously suggested by Ald. Bob Fioretti (2nd).
Fioretti responded Monday with an email with the subject heading: "We finally agree on something." He added a statement simply saying, "Finally."
Emanuel has agreed to five forums with the top candidates running against him: Fioretti, Cook County Commissioner Jesus "Chuy" Garcia (D-Chicago) and Willie Wilson. William "Dock" Walls would evidently have to prove sufficient support to be included.
They'll meet before the editorial boards of the Tribune on Jan. 27 and the Sun-Times on a date to be determined. On Feb. 4 they'll tangle on the WTTW-TV Channel 11 program "Chicago Tonight," then the next day in a debate sponsored by the League of Women Voters and carried by WLS-TV Channel 7 and Univision WGBO-TV Channel 66. Their last meeting, set for Feb. 10, will be sponsored by the Chicago Urban League and carried on WBBM-TV Channel 2 and WVON 1690-AM.
The election is set for Feb. 24, with a runoff April 7 if no candidate earns 50 percent of the vote.
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