Chicago — The four candidates who showed up at the Chicago Mayoral Forum on Education at Walter Payton College Prep were the four who graduated from Chicago Public Schools: Miguel del Valley of Tuley High, Carol Moseley Braun of Parker High, Gery Chico of Kelly High, and James Meeks of Harper High.
Danny Davis (Savage High School, Parkdale, Ark.) wanted to attend, but had to vote in Congress. Rahm Emanuel (New Trier High School, Winnetka) declined his invitation.
Shaw started by asking the candidates whether they agreed with Gov. Pat Quinn’s call for a 1-point increase in the state income tax, a measure Quinn calls “a surcharge for education.” Meeks, del Valle and Chico all said yes. But Moseley Braun was opposed, saying “the recession is the wrong time for a tax increase.”