- Associated Press - Monday, January 12, 2015

CHICAGO (AP) - Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has agreed to participate in five debates leading up to the city’s mayoral primary next month.

The Chicago Sun-Times reports (https://trib.in/1A94h38) the debates are expected to include Emanuel and challengers Cook County Commissioner Jesus Garcia; Alderman Bob Fioretti and businessman Willie Wilson. The debates will be squeezed into a two-week period before voting, with the first taking place Jan. 27 before the Chicago Tribune editorial board.

Garcia told the Sun-Times on Monday he is surprised Emanuel agreed to five debates after participating in only one debate in a “controlled setting” four years ago.

Emanuel pledged last year to debate his opponents. Spielfogel renewed the commitment to debates late last month, when he made the move from City Hall to the Emanuel campaign.

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