Watch Mayor candidates Lightfoot & Preckwinkle questioned by Berkowitz, et al; Commentary on Mayoral run-off, Web & Cable

Jeff Berkowitz: Do you think you could do anything to significantly improve the quality of education at CPS? Or, do you think that doesn’t have to be done?

Toni Preckwinkle:…We live in a city in which you can predict school performance by zip code, just as you can predict life expectancy by zip code

Berkowitz: Can you do anything about [city] pensions in the short-run?

Lightfoot: I am just looking to see if anybody

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Tonight’s city of Chicago edition of Public Affairs features Chicago mayoral finalist candidates Lori Lightfoot and Toni Preckwinkle in the April 2, 2019 run-off election.

The show airs throughout the City of Chicago at 8:30 pm and midnight on Cable ch. 21 [CAN TV].

You can also watch the show by clicking here.

A one hour debate, moderated by WTTW’s Phil Ponce between the two Chicago Mayoral run-off candidates- Lori Lightfoot and Toni Preckwinkle- was held on March 21, 2019 at the WTTW studios, and it was aired live on Chicago Tonight. You can watch the debate by clicking here.

After the debate, the two candidates, Preckwinkle and Lightfoot, were available to the general media at large for questions. The media were invited by WTTW to watch the debate at WTTW and attend the press conferences.

Tonight’s show consists of, in the following order:

  1. Eight short video clips of the Lightfoot and Preckwinkle press conferences.
  2. An “Intro,” to the show by host Jeff Berkowitz, including a summary of the March 21 mayoral candidate events at WTTW and short biographical descriptions of the two mayoral candidates.
  3. The Lightfoot Press Conference in its entirety (about 4 minutes)
  4. The Preckwinkle Press Conference in its entirety (about 6 minutes)
  5. A “Close,” by show host Berkowitz, including a (A) summary of the polling and money raised since the February 26, 2019 election that narrowed the race to Preckwinkle and Lightfoot and (B) a discussion of the substantive issues that was anticipated, that has been taking place and that should have occurred between the two Candidates themselves and the media during the Chicago Mayoral Campaign.

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Jeff Berkowitz: Do you think you could do anything to significantly improve the quality of education at CPS? Or, do you think that doesn’t have to be done?

Toni Preckwinkle:… We live in a city in which you can predict school performance by zip code, just as you can predict life expectancy by zip code and we need to be sure that in every community, there is access to a quality education in our neighborhood public schools because education is an escalator...

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Berkowitz: Do you agree with your opponent that this election is about changing the status quo?

Preckwinkle: You know, I have been a change agent my whole life…the work that I have done transforming communities, transforming public schools…

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Jeff Berkowitz: Charles Thomas told me today that neither of you two finalists has given him a vision; your vision, Toni’s vision-- can you give it to Charles in a minute or two?

Lori Lightfoot: I think we have been talking about what the vision is, so I would just say, Charles, check in on the video tape, check in on the radio broadcasts, check in on our web site—we have been talking very specifically, I have, about the need to create hope and opportunity for our city. We have to control the violence…build up our neighborhood schools-- make sure we are creating real economic development and opportunity in our neighborhoods, so our young people…

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Berkowitz: Can you do anything about [city] pensions in the short-run?

Lightfoot: I am just looking to see if anybody else has any questions. If not, I think we’re done

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Mayoral candidate press conferences, held at WTTW studios, March 21, 2019

 

 

 

 

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