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22nd Ward Candidate Forum Thursday In Little Village Postponed Due To Dangerous Cold

Organizers plan to reschedule the forum and will announce a new date soon.

From left to right: Neftalie Gonzalez, Richard Juarez, Lisette Lopez, and Michael D. Rodriguez are running for 22nd Ward alderman.
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LITTLE VILLAGE — A Little Village group has decided to postpone its 22nd Ward aldermanic candidate forum Thursday in Little Village as Chicago contends with a dangerous cold spell.

Enlace Chicago officials alerted attendees the forum was postponed in an email on Wednesday morning. Organizers plan to reschedule the forum and will announce a new date soon.

Temperatures took a dive Tuesday night and are expected to remain dangerously low through Thursday, with the possibility of wind chills making it feel like 50 degrees below zero at points, according to the National Weather Service.

Four 22nd Ward candidates — Neftalie Gonzalez, Richard Juarez, Lisette Lopez and Michael D. Rodriguez —  were scheduled to face off Thursday night at Little Village Lawndale High School, 3120 S. Kostner Ave. 

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The event will be hosted by Enlace Chicago, League of Women Voters of Chicago and Univision.

Last summer, sitting Ald. Ricardo Muñoz announced he would not seek re-election, leaving the race wide open.

Earlier this year, all of the 22nd Ward candidates called for Muñoz to resign after he was arrested when his wife said he hit her on New Year’s Eve.

The 22nd Ward includes all or parts of Little Village, Brighton Park, and Lawndale.

The municipal election is Feb. 26. If no candidate in a aldermanic race receives a majority of votes, they’ll head to a runoff election April 2.