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Politics and Elections

Candidates take aim at Smith's $84,000 consulting gig

Emanuel expands fundraising lead

Arena releases TV commercial in 45th Ward race

Mayoral candidates face off for first debate

Mayor Rahm Emanuel and his four challengers appeared before the Chicago Tribune Editorial Board on Tuesday for the first of five mayoral debates scheduled to occur before Chicago’s Feb. 24 elections.

During the 90 minute debate, Emanuel, Alderman Bob Fioretti (2nd), Cook County Commissioner Jesus “Chuy” Garcia (D-Chicago), businessman and philanthropist Willie Wilson, and perennial candidate William “Dock” Walls discussed economic development, education, transportation, and TIF reform.

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Fioretti calls for ‘tax-free zones’ to encourage small business growth

During a Monday City Club of Chicago address, mayoral candidate and 2nd Ward Alderman Bob Fioretti said he would establish “tax-free zones” to spur development of small business districts.

Fioretti said the zones, which would have a lifespan of five to 10 years, would be located in lower-income neighborhoods in an effort to encourage the growth of small businesses. He also promised to continue Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s efforts to advocate for the creation of business incubators and micro-lending programs.

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Rep. Robin Kelly mulling Senate run

Emanuel calls on opponents to release tax returns

Mell-to-Mell contributions violate campaign laws, group says

Laurino, Murphy and Laiacona to appear at 39th Ward alderman forum

Garcia says elected school board is a top priority during City Club speech

Chicago mayoral candidate Jesus “Chuy” Garcia said a first priority as mayor would be to lobby Springfield lawmakers to create an elected Chicago Board of Education.

With Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis in the audience for a Tuesday City Club of Chicago event, Garcia reaffirmed his support for an elected school board and called the issue a “constitutional right” for Chicagoans.

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