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The candidates for the office of Chicago mayor will participate in a live forum moderated by Chicago Tonight co-anchor Paris Schutz

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Chicago, IL - January 24, 2023

WTTW News today announced that the nine Chicago mayoral candidates in the February 28, 2023 municipal election will take part in a live forum on Tuesday, February 7, 2023 at WTTW’s studios. Moderated by Chicago Tonight co-anchor Paris Schutz, the forum will stream live at 7:00 pm on, the PBS/WTTW Video app, Facebook and YouTube, and will be broadcast on WTTW at 10:00 pm

This WTTW News Chicago Mayoral Forum will serve voters across Chicago’s diverse communities with trusted, essential information and context as Kam Buckner, Jesús “Chuy” García, Ja’Mal Green, Brandon Johnson, Sophia King, Lori Lightfoot, Roderick Sawyer, Paul Vallas, and Willie Wilson articulate their views and appeal to voters in the leadup to the election.

“This election will bring about significant change for the city of Chicago,” said Jay Smith, News Director and Executive Producer of Chicago Tonight. “The February 7 forum, along with WTTW’s Voter Guide and daily election coverage, will prepare voters to make informed decisions when they head to the polls.”

“WTTW News is an essential source for trusted, independent news that connects and informs the people in our region,” said WTTW President & CEO Sandra Cordova Micek. “It is vital during this important election cycle to provide fact-based, community-focused reporting about the issues and candidates as only WTTW’s public media newsroom can.”

WTTW’s 2023 Municipal Election Digital Voters’ Guide ( will provide voters with an easy-to-navigate and comprehensive library of resources for the February 28 election. 

WTTW NEWS is a nonprofit, public media newsroom serving the Chicago region with trusted, independent, ground-up community reporting and outlets for deeper engagement and discourse on regional issues of consequence and concern.

CHICAGO TONIGHT, WTTW’s flagship nightly live news program, is an essential source for trusted, local, independent news that connects the people and communities in our region. We inform and engage our audience by providing clarity and context around complex issues, serving as a resource for information about the Chicago/Midwest region, and engaging communities through in-depth original reporting.

The WTTW News Chicago Mayoral Forum is underwritten, in part, by the University Club of Chicago.

Lead support for CHICAGO TONIGHT is provided by Alexandra and John Nichols, the Jim and Kay Mabie Family, and the Polk Bros. Foundation. Major support is provided by Ann and Rich Carr, the Searle Funds at The Chicago Community Trust, Julius N. Frankel Foundation, and The William F. O’Connor Foundation. Additional support is provided by Joel M. Friedman, President, Alvin H. Baum Family Fund, The Bossert Family Fund at The Chicago Community Trust, The Abe and Ida Cooper Foundation, The Dauntless Charitable Fund, The Howard S. Dubin Family Foundation, and the Lloyd A. Fry Foundation. Additional thanks to the supporters of the WTTW Fund for Independent News. Closed captioning is provided by Clifford Law Offices.

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