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Johnson and Vallas’ First Debate, Women in Trades, and Chi’s Open Mic Scene
Johnson and Vallas’ First Debate, Women in Trades, and Chi’s Open Mic Scene
Mayoral Candidates Brandon Johnson and Paul Vallas had their first televised debate this week ahead of the April 4th runoff. CEO of Justice Informed Xavier Ramey and Crain’s reporter Corli Jay tell host Jacoby Cochran their reactions to the candidates’ performances and different visions for Chicago. We also breaking down the ongoing protest of the Chicago Fire’s proposed $80 million dollar soccer facility on CHA land, the importance of supporting women in trades, and Chicago fashion designer Joe Freshgoods has opened a new store on the West Side—in a high school. More Info: First debate in the runoff election. Housing Advocates demand meeting with mayoral candidates to stop Chicago Fire leasing public housing land. Fleshing out the numbers behind the rise of Black and Latinè homeownership rates since 2020. Carhartt "For the Love of Labor" program grants organization $255,000 to invest in women in skilled trades. FOIA Fest is this Saturday, the Chicago Headline Club signature training event. Joe Freshgoods opens store inside Michele Clark High School to reward good grades and doing community service work. Want some more City Cast Chicago news? Then make sure to sign up for our Hey Chicago newsletter.  Follow us @citycastchicago You can also text us or leave a voicemail at: 773 780 0246 Interested in advertising with City Cast? Find more info HERE  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit