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Mayor Backs Out of Forum, Then Changes Mind Again: Report

The mayor did not attend the university-hosted mayoral forum ahead of the Feb. 24 election either

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    Mayor Rahm Emanuel apparently flip flopped on his attendance at Wednesday night's mayoral forum at Chicago State University, according to a Chicago Sun-Times report.

    The newspaper reports that the university issued a statement early Wednesday saying the forum would be held without Emanuel. In the afternoon, a new statement was issued saying both candidates would, in fact, attend the event.

    The forum will not be a traditional debate. Instead, the candidates will independently face a group of panelists who will ask them questions for an hour, according to the Chicago Tribune.

    Chicago State University hosted a mayoral debate before the Feb. 24 election, which was attended by every candidate on the ballot except Emanuel.

    Emanuel and Jesus "Chuy" Garcia faced off for the first time at the NBC Chicago candidate forum March 16. In addition to Wednesday's forum at Chicago State University, both candidates have agreed to two more televised debates before the April 7 runoff.

    The forum will be held at the Jones Convocation Center at 9501 S. King Drive from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. and will be broadcast on CAN TV 27. Watch the forum live here.

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