In an effort to better inform voters about the candidates running for Mayor of Chicago, WTTW offered all five of the candidates free air time to address our audience directly. Candidate Free Time is an unedited two minutes of air time to give viewers a concise, unfiltered look at where the candidates stand.
Four of the Chicago mayoral candidates, Ald. Bob Fioretti, Cook County Commissioner Jesús "Chuy" García, William “Dock” Walls and businessman Willie Wilson, participated in Candidate Free Time. Mayor Rahm Emanuel declined our invitation.
The order in which the Candidate Free Time messages air on Chicago Tonight was determined by a random drawing. On Monday, Feb. 23, all of the candidate messages will be rerun at the end of Chicago Tonight.
WTTW pioneered the concept of Candidate Free Time in 1992 in the race for the U.S. Senate. We hope viewers find Candidate Free Time a useful tool in deciding how to cast their votes on Feb. 24.
Jesús "Chuy" García:
William “Dock” Walls: