Mayoral Candidates Prepare For First Televised Debate

01/17/2011 10:56 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

For the first time in the heated race to replace Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley, the four leading candidates will meet for a televised debate.

The debate will be on WTTW's "Chicago Tonight" and hosted by Phil Ponce and Carol Marin, but Chicago's youth will be doing most of the questioning.

Carol Moseley Braun, Gery Chico, Miguel del Valle and Rahm Emanuel will field questions from more than 200 Chicago Public High School students. The students are members of the Mikva Challenge, a "nonpartisan, not-for-profit group that helps low-income Chicago youth become involved in politics and public service," according to a release from WTTW.

Though this is the first televised meeting of the leading candidates, the four sat down with the Chicago Tribune's editorial board last week to discuss the campaign. As NBC Chicago points out, the meeting quickly turned into "an assault on Emanuel." The three "ganged up" on Emanuel about his "hard-edged management style," according to the Tribune. But Emanuel defended himself.

"I am proud of the battles I've taken on," he said.

The debate will be recorded this afternoon, but air on WTTW at 7 p.m. CT. Check back here later for more debate coverage.