Mayoral candidate and front-runner Richard M. Daley and challenger Timothy Evans kept busy schedules heading into Monday's last day of campaigning for mayor of the nation's third largest city.
Daley, the Democratic candidate, criss-crossed the Windy City Sunday making stops at black churches, Hispanic and Asian-American rallies and a shopping center where he pledged his support for education and public housing.Evans, an independent candidate, made stops at seven South Side churches to call for high voter turnout and to ask for parishioners' prayers.
Polls show Evans is lagging far behind Daley heading into Tuesday's special election to fill out the term of the late Mayor Harold Washington. Republican Ed Vrdolyak is a third candidate in the race.
"We need each one of you to call 12 people, to ask them to call 12 people and to ask them all to punch 12," Evans said at most of his stops Sunday. The alderman is No. 12 on the ballot.
"If they punch 12, and if you punch 12, and if Jesus says it's all right, I'll be the next mayor of the city of Chicago."
Evans, who is running under the banner of the Harold Washington Party, discounted recent polls showing him running an average of 20 points behind Democrat Daley.
"I don't have to pick up 20 points," Evans said. "We are within the margin . . . if we have a high turnout then we will win."
Daley made campaign stops Sunday at two churches on the city's South Side and the West Side, emphasizing the importance of education and promising to increase computer training at Chicago's public schools if elected.
Daley told black parishoners at Missionary Baptist Church that public housing was one of his top priorities.