Some Mayoral Hopefuls Left Out Of Televised Debate

Craig Dellimore
February 04, 2019 - 5:36 pm
Chicago City Hall

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Some high-profile candidates for Chicago mayor  are complaining they are being shut out of a televised debate scheduled for Thursday night.

The hour-long Lincoln Forum debate on Fox 32 features what the station calls the top five candidates running for mayor.

The list does not include Amara Enyia, who only just started running television and radio commercials. She said she is not a traditional candidate but should be afforded the same format and opportunity.

Former Chicago Public Schools head Paul Vallas also wasn’t invited.

Fox32 Political Editor Mike Flannery told him he and other candidates are invited to a second debate on Friday. Vallas dubbed that the “children’s table” and said he won’t attend.

The Sun-Times Editorial Board will interview all 14 candidates in two sessions on the same day this week.