Candidates for mayor push forward with campaigns

January 9, 2011 4:30:40 PM PST
Four of the candidates for Chicago mayor were out campaigning Sunday, and one of them picked up a significant new endorsement.

Outlining his plan to cut crime, Rahm Emanuel appeared with Annette Holt, the mother of Blair Holt, a Chicago teenager who was shot to death in 2007 on a CTA bus.

Emanuel says he will put 1,000 new police officers on the streets, especially in the most crime-ridden neighborhoods. He says he will pay for the added cost by cutting police bureaucracy.

Candidate Carol Moseley Braun appeared with Rev. Ira Acree and former mayoral candidate Congressman Danny Davis at the Greater St. John Bible Church Sunday. Braun referred to questions that have been raised about her financial situation and heavy debt load and said instead of making money in government, she chose to start a business to create jobs.

Gery Chico received the endorsement of Congressman Luis Gutierrez Sunday. Gutierrez called Chico the most qualified candidate and the best able to improve Chicago schools. The two also appear together in a new commercial that will run on Spanish language television stations starting Tuesday.

Patricia Watkins, another candidate in the race, appeared Sunday at Salem Baptist Church with its minister, former mayoral candidate Rev. James Meeks. Watkins says there is no consensus African-American candidate, and she says she is in the race until the end.

The race for Chicago mayor also includes Miguel Del Valle, who will join the major candidates in a live debate on ABC7 Chicago five days before voters go to the polls.

ABC7 and key Chicago community organizations are teaming up for the forum which will air Thursday, February 17 at 7 p.m. live from Chicago's historic Oriental Theatre.