Chicago (CBS) — Mayor Lori Lightfoot and challenger Jesus “Chui” Garcia faced off for the first time on Saturday. They joined five other mayoral candidates in a forum focused on disability-related issues and concerns. rice field.
Many who attended the first Mayoral Candidate Forum of the year, held at the Access Living facility, focused on the issue of helping people with disabilities.
“The forum was spot on,” said Wallace Gator-Bradley.
“They all had a very clear perception of the problem,” said Bagonna Reingold.
Seven of the ten candidates discussed issues such as specific plans to fill school vacancies with special education teachers.
Illinois Rep. Kam Buckner (D-Chicago) said:
“CPS should use incentives in recruitment to fund coursework,” said Garcia. “Yes, the planning period is very important, so you don’t burn a devoted person.”
Other issues that came up were sidewalks, buses and ride sharing. A moderator asked how the transfer infrastructure could be improved.
4th Ward Ald said: Sophia King.
“Another accessibility issue needs to be addressed,” said Paul Vallas, an education and finance expert.
Lightfoot is looking forward to expanding the Red Line.
“As the Red Line finally extends to 138th Street, all of these stations will be accessible,” she said.
“We are working hard to build new stations, but there are so many stations that require investment and need elevators,” said candidate Jamal Green.
“We need to not only look at local government programs that actually plow the sidewalks, but provide them with adequate funding,” said Cook County Commissioner Brandon Johnson.
The mayoral election is on February 28th.