- Associated Press - Wednesday, February 4, 2015

CHICAGO (AP) - Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and three candidates challenging his re-election bid are expected to square off in the first televised debate ahead of this month’s election.

Chicago public television station WTTW is hosting the Wednesday evening event.

The candidates vying for mayor in the Feb. 24 election have participated in live-streamed debates before editorial boards for the Chicago Sun-Times and Chicago Tribune.

But this is the first one on television.

Those scheduled to participate are Emanuel, Cook County Commissioner Jesus Garcia, Alderman Bob Fioretti and businessman Willie Wilson.

Perennial candidate William Walls is also on the ballot.

Another debate hosted by Chicago’s WLS-TV and the League of Women Voters is scheduled for Thursday evening. The final debate hosted by WBBM-TV and the Chicago Urban League, among others, is next week.

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