Center Square Journal and Inside Publications hosted a forum for the 47th ward aldermanic candidates at DANK Haus Tuesday evening.
Three of four of the candidates for 47th ward aldermen answered questions from moderator Mick Dumke, political reporter for Chicago News Cooperative.
The room was packed by the time the event started. We estimate close to 300 people attended. About 20 students from Northwestern University’s journalism project were on hand to document the event, too.
Each candidate delivered 2-minute opening and closing statements. In between, Dumke kept the mood light. Candidates discussed school, crime and budget issues, among many others.
The absence of O’Donnell was palpable. Candidates took the opportunity to call him the “machine candidate” and Ald. Gene Schulter’s “anointed successor”.
His decision to forgo appearances at forums could hurt him, but also could help him. At the last 47th ward candidates forum January 26 at Coonley Elementary, O’Donnell didn’t make the best impression, reading his responses from a sheet of paper.
There is another candidates forum tonight at 7 p.m. at Lake View High School, sponsored by Graceland West Community Association. Jacks, Pawar and Reichel will be attending. GWCA said O’Donnell told them he has a previous engagement.
A full recap of the issues and audio from the event will come shortly.