The Political Season is Upon Us
- Chicago mayoral challenger Willie Wilson on Monday tried to jump start his campaign by loaning $1 million to his bid, less than two weeks after Mayor Rahm Emanuel dropped a challenge to his nominating petitions.
With the news media in tow, Wilson deposited the money at a downtown bank where his campaign fund has an account, then took reporters' questions. The money, he said, will be used to pay for campaign ads starting Tuesday on network and cable TV stations as well as urban radio stations.
And his platform:
- “We’re going to deal with the closing of these schools, let the community decide how many they want to open back up,” Wilson said. “We want to make sure that’s taken care of. We want to see all the red light cameras out of Chicago.”
[...] During a wide-ranging news conference, Wilson sounded some of his early campaign themes and showed his affinity for the short quip.
The challenger said he would get 75 percent of police officers out of their squads and onto the sidewalks, “L” trains and buses to make citizens feel safer and save money on cars and gas. “If a citizen can walk, (get) on the bus, in the cold out there, and the citizen’s paying the police officers, they should be cold too,” Wilson said.
Wilson also said he would fire Police Supt. Garry McCarthy, the top cop under Emanuel. "This superintendent of police has to go, but the mayor has to go first," he said.
- Mayoral candidate Ald. Robert Fioretti on Monday said he would hire 500 additional police officers if elected, saying he would cut overtime to help pay for it but offering few specifics on the total cost.
As part of his "public safety platform" released on his campaign web site, Fioretti also said he would replace "about 500 cops who each year retire or leave the force."
"In my first year in office I will find the money to hire the new recruits and assign them to neighborhoods as quickly as they can be educated at the Police Academy and effectively trained on the job by experienced sergeants," Fioretti said.
More to come with only a short while until the election. Why are no media outlets running polls? Or are we missing them completely?
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