Food trucks, traffic talk on tap for Mayor Emanuel Facebook session

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May 01, 2012|By Tracy Swartz, RedEye

Let's get digital.

Mayor Emanuel tonight will host his third Facebook town hall meeting to discuss topics such as food trucks and education reform. The hour-long event is set to begin at 6 p.m., livestreaming at facebook.com/chicagomayorsoffice and livestream.com/chicagomayorsoffice.

Seven hundred people submitted more than 300 questions at askchicago.org for the session, said Kevin Hauswirth, Emanuel's director of social media. Participants voted on which questions the mayor should address. Fifteen hundred votes were cast, Hauswirth said.

As of Tuesday afternoon, the top vote-getters were questions about food truck reform, school improvement, traffic controlled stop lights, vacant properties and whether to pare down the number of aldermen on the city council.

Hauswirth said the mayor will definitely address the food truck and school questions. The mayor will also take questions live from Twitter.

The theme for this town hall meeting is the mayor's first year in office. The last digital chat session, in January, was based around education questions, and the mayor's first Facebook town hall was a look to his first year in office.

Hauswirth said action has been taken from these events. He pointed out that a participant in the education session asked for Spanish translations of materials on the Chicago Public Schools website. These capabilities were added in January.

"There is definitely some impact that comes out of these things," Hauswirth said. "I think you'll be seeing more forums like this."

tswartz@tribune.com | @tracyswartz

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