Saturday, January 17, 2015

THE INTERVIEW: Candidates To Face Voters At Area Forums

Area aldermanic candidates will be getting together in various forums over the coming days to meet voters, present their plans for the future, and (in some cases) debate.

Consider taking an hour to attend one of the following events to learn more about your voting options.

Find your ward by entering your address here. Ward boundaries were redrawn in 2012 and you will be voting in the ward identified as "Ward (2012)."

43rd Ward (4 candidates)
  • Tuesday, January 27 at 6:30PM. DePaul University Student Center, 2324 N. Fremont. A candidate forum sponsored by the Lincoln Park Chamber of Commerce will be moderated by Crain's Chicago Business columnist Greg Hinz.
  • Thursday, January 29 at 7:30PM. Candidate forum at the headquarters of The Old Town Triangle Association, 1763 N. North Park.
44th Ward (3 candidates) Area includes most of Wrigleyville and Boystown
  • Monday, January 19 at 7:00PM. The Mercury Theater, 3745 N. Southport. Sponsored by Southport Neighbors Association.
  • Wednesday, January 21 at 6:00PM. Hawthorne Neighbors Association sponsors a candidate forum at the Annoyance Theater, 851 W. Belmont.
46th Ward (3 candidates)
  • Thursday, January 22 at 7:00PM. Buena Park Neighbors hosts a Meet the Candidates forum at the Holiday Club, 4000 N. Sheridan
Election day is February 24th. Early voting runs February 9th through 21st.
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  1. Replies
    1. Not that we know of. Nothing certain in 32, either. Let us know if you hear of anything and we'll update.

  2. 2 candidates against Tunney means the anti-Tunney vote is split and Tunney wins.
    One of them needs to drop out and endorse the other, then go on a Rahm/Tunney-bashing crusade..

    1. No not necessarily. The candidate has to get 50 plus one percent of the vote or It will go into a run-off election. Often it is good to have more than one challenger because that increases the chances of going in a run-off where the incumbent has to spend more time and money defending themselves. Ben Joravsky makes a good point about this with the mayor's race

  3. Hmmm... maybe my comment got lost. We're working on a forum for 32. Keep an eye on our website.

    steve stern / president/ South Lakeview Neighbors /

    1. Thank you, Steve. Let us know when plans are set and we will be sure to share.

  4. Does anyone know what type of event the two Ward 44 evenings are? Forum, debate? Or just a meet and greet (which doesn't interest me)? I'd like to attend an event where candidates are asked questions from the audience, and not pre-screened either.

    1. Hawthorne Neighbors format: "Each candidate will have 15 minutes to address the group and pass out materials, followed by 10 minutes to answer questions submitted by attendees on notecards. Questions will be the same for all three candidates. During each candidate’s presentation and Q and A session, we kindly ask the other two candidates to leave the Main Theater space."

      Format for Southport Neighbors has not been publicized. May want to drop them an email: