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Chicago Mayoral Race: Candidates Debate the Future of Arts, Theater and Culture in Chicago.

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The League of Chicago Theatres Partners with Community Organizations for Debate.

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Chicago, Tuesday, February 15, 2011. Anyone who cares about the arts won't  want to miss this Thursday's mayoral candidate debate focusing on the quality and future of the arts in Chicago. The hour-long, commercial-free, debate will be broadcast live on ABC 7 from the Ford/Oriental Theatre from 7:00 to 8:00p.m. CST.  The debate between Chicago mayoral candidates Carol Moseley Braun, Gery Chico, Miguel del Valle and Rahm Emanuel will be moderated by ABC 7 Anchor newsman Ron Magers.

The League of Chicago Theatres is co-partnering with the Chicago Foundation for Women, Chicago Loop Alliance, Chicago Urban League, League of Chicago Theatres, League of Women Voters, Metropolitan Planning Council, Mikva Challenge, National Council of La Raza and Univision Chicago for the debate.  Deb Clapp, Executive Director of the League of Chicago Theatres says, "Only in Chicago would so many organizations work together for a mayoral candidate debate.  It is a testament to the strength and commitment of our cohesive cultural community."

The quality of theater, arts and culture in Chicago has been a source of pride for the city and has received accolades throughout the world.  Under the reign of current Mayor Richard M. Daley, the arts have flourished since he was first elected to office in 1989.  Both Daley and his wife, Maggie have promoted numerous arts programs including Gallery 37 and the development of Chicago Loop Theater District.  Thursday's debate will highlight the priorities and visions of the candidates running in 2011 mayoral race, five days before voters will decide who will be Chicago's new mayor.  For arts lovers, it's a must see.

PLEASE NOTE:  Tickets for the debate are no longer available.

About Chicago theater.

Chicago is the cultural leader in the U.S. with the largest and most diverse theater community that produces more world premieres than anywhere else in the world. Chicagoland boasts more than 250 professional theaters and consists of a rich and varied community ranging from storefront, non-union theaters to the most renowned resident theaters in the country, including 4 which have been honored with Regional Tony Awards, and the largest touring Broadway organization in the nation.

Chicago's theaters serve 5 million audience members annually and have a combined budget of more than $250 million - and no other city in the country has such a creative, respected and thriving theater community. Chicago's theater industry, with both its exceptional theater and an extraordinary talent pool, has long been the envy of the world's top theater cities and is second to none in number and innovation.

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