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Chicago Urban League, Business Leadership Council, CBS 2 and WVON to Host Mayoral Debate

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Live Event will Feature All Candidates and  Focus on African American Issues

CHICAGO, IL (February 2, 2014) The Chicago Urban League and the Business Leadership Council, in partnership with CBS 2 Chicago and WVON 1690AM, will host the last debate prior to the February 24th mayoral election.  Campaign 2015: The Chicago Mayoral Debate will take place on Tuesday, February 10th at 6:00 p.m. at the DuSable Museum of African American History. The live, televised debate will feature Mayor Rahm Emanuel and challengers Alderman Bob Fioretti, Commissioner Jesus “Chuy” Garcia, William “Dock” Walls and Willie Wilson and will focus on key issues that impact the African American community and the city as a whole, including job creation, business growth, education and public safety.
The 60 minute debate, which will air on CBS 2 during the regularly scheduled 6pm newscast and preempt Entertainment Tonight, will be moderated by CBS 2 Chicago anchor and reporter Jim Williams. The panelists will include: veteran television news anchor Robin Robinson, Chicago Sun-Times reporter and assistant editor Maudlyne Ihejirika, and CBS 2 Chicago chief correspondent Jay Levine. CBS 2 evening anchor Rob Johnson will host the live event from the DuSable Museum. WVON will also broadcast the debate live.
“Despite some progress, African Americans in Chicago continue to struggle in the areas of educational achievement, economic success and community stability,” said Andrea L. Zopp, president and CEO of the Chicago Urban League. “This debate gives the mayoral candidates an opportunity to address the challenges we face and share their vision for the city of Chicago. This debate is designed to engage and empower the community.”
“This mayoral debate provides a platform for the candidates to inform everyone about their specific plans to address the challenges that uniquely affect the Black community and impact the City of Chicago,” said Frank M. Clark, chairman of the board and president of the Business Leadership Council.  “Issues including economic empowerment and business diversity deserve thoughtful and timely action from City Hall.  We look forward to the candidates presenting their solutions on February 10th at the DuSable Museum.”

“CBS 2 is pleased to again partner with the Chicago Urban League, the Business Leadership Council and WVON to broadcast this very important debate,” said Marty M. Wilke, general manager and president of CBS 2 Chicago. “We look forward to presenting the mayoral candidates to our viewers in this important conversation on issues that are important to the African American community and everyone who is concerned about the future of Chicago.”

“This election comes at a critical time for our city”, said Melody Spann Cooper, chairman of Midway Broadcasting Corporation and president of WVON 1690 AM. “Through this broadcast we want to ensure that all Chicagoans are engaged in the campaign and vote on Election Day.”

The mayoral debate will take place before a live, invitation-only audience at the DuSable Museum of African American History. In addition to watching the debate live, the Chicago Urban League and the Business Leadership Council encourage citizens to submit questions to the candidates for consideration. A community question will be selected and asked on-air during the debate. Community questions for the candidates can be submitted via email to

In addition to broadcasting the mayoral debate live, CBS 2 Chicago will stream the event online at  WVON 1690 AM will also stream the debate online at

Members of the working press are invited to cover the forum and view it live from the DuSable Museum’s gallery space adjacent to the auditorium where the debate will take place. Candidates have been invited to conduct media interviews immediately following the forum in the gallery space. All media must show official media identification and register onsite to receive credentials.

About the Chicago Urban League
Established in 1916, the Chicago Urban League works for economic, educational and social progress for African Americans and promotes strong sustainable communities through advocacy, collaboration and innovation. For more information, visit

About the Business Leadership Council
Since, 2010, the Business Leadership Council has advocated to key government officials, top tier public and private corporations and government supported institutions about the importance of substantially increasing the business opportunities afforded African American business owners and corporate professionals who in turn will bring the jobs and contracts to the community. For more information, visit

About CBS 2 Chicago
CBS 2 Chicago is part of the CBS Television Stations group, a division of CBS Corporation and one of the largest network-owned station groups in the country.

About WVON 1690 AM
WVON 1690AM, The Talk of Chicago, is an interactive forum providing a platform for affluent, conscientious listeners of progressive talk radio who are interested in current social, economic and political issues on local, national and international levels. For over 50 years, WVON has been a leading institution for information and community empowerment.