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Chicago Urban League Joins NBC 5 Chicago, Telemundo Chicago, Union League Club of Chicago to Host Mayoral Candidate Forum on March 7

CHICAGO, IL – (March 4, 2019) – NBC 5 Chicago / WMAQ and Telemundo Chicago / WSNS will partner with the Union League Club of Chicago and the Chicago Urban League to host the first televised Race for Chicago Mayor Forum Thursday, March 7, at 6pm. The hour-long forum, broadcast from the NBC Tower, will be moderated by NBC 5 Chicago Political Editor Carol Marin. NBC Chicago reporter Mary Ann Ahern and Telemundo Chicago reporter Benjamin Zamora will take questions from the audience in the roundtable-conversation format.

“We are pleased to host the candidates for Chicago Mayor in this forum,” said Frank Whittaker, Station Manager/Vice President of News, NBC 5 Chicago. “Our commitment to political coverage is unmatched in Chicago. We look forward to giving voters a look at where each candidate stands on important issues facing our city.”

“The forum is of vital importance to the Hispanic Community, in order for them to be informed and hear straight from the candidates on issues that affect us all,” said Diana Maldonado, Vice President of News, Telemundo Chicago.

“The Union League Club of Chicago (ULCC) has an ongoing commitment to community and country,” said Edward L. Cooper III, ULCC President. “It is this mission that motivates our partnership in the forum, which we hope will bring greater awareness to the community.”

“Many communities in Chicago are facing significant challenges when it comes to access to jobs, high-quality education, and affordable and safe places to live. The next Mayor of Chicago will play a significant role in addressing these issues,” said Barbara Lumpkin, Interim President and CEO of the Chicago Urban League. “We are pleased to partner in this forum and provide an opportunity for discourse that can help voters make an informed decision as they head to the polls in April.”

The forum can be seen live, on NBC 5, Telemundo Chicago and at and For press information please contact Anna Vasser at

About NBC 5 Chicago
NBC 5 (WMAQ-TV) is the owned NBC station in Chicago. On October 8, 1948, the station, then called WNBQ-TV, transmitted its first telecast from the Merchandise Mart—the third game of the Indians-Braves World Series in Cleveland, Ohio. The station’s current call letters, WMAQ-TV, were established in 1964. During NBC 5 Chicago’s rich history, the station pioneered a number of television “firsts.” On April 15, 1956, NBC 5 became the world’s first all-color TV station. In September of 1986, NBC 5 became the first Chicago commercial station to broadcast in stereo. In 1989, NBC 5 was the first Chicago station to present closed captioning of all local newscasts. Currently, NBC 5 airs over 30 hours of local news per week in HD on its core channel and the latest news, weather, original franchises and streamed original content on and NBC Chicago Mobile App.

About Telemundo Chicago

Telemundo Chicago / WSNS is Telemundo’s local television station serving the Spanish-speaking community throughout the Chicago metropolitan area. Owned by NBCUniversal, Telemundo Chicago produces four daily award-winning newscasts every weekday that feature the latest local news, weather forecasts, consumer reports, and entertainment and sports updates across a variety of platforms. The station also broadcasts a weekday variety entertainment program, Acceso Total that delivers national entertainment headlines. Viewers can also access up-to-date local news and information online at, via the station’s dedicated mobile app and social media channels

About Union League Club of Chicago and its Public Affairs Committee

Since its inception in 1879, the Union League Club of Chicago has been a cornerstone of the Chicago business, civic and cultural community. In addition to being a full service private club, the Public Affairs Committee (PAC) at the Union League Club of Chicago is at the forefront of the Club’s ongoing commitment to community and country. The PAC and its various subcommittees address a wide range of public policy issues, sponsor programs on current affairs with prominent speakers, and serve as the conduit for the Club’s involvement in civic affairs.

About the Chicago Urban League

Established in 1916, the Chicago Urban League works for economic, educational and social progress for African Americans and promotes strong sustainable communities through advocacy, collaboration and innovation. For more information, visit Find us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.



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