Debates will take place on October 6th and 18th in Central Illinois and Chicago
The nationwide live debate coverage will be available to all 12+ million Illinois residents across 10 TV markets
IRVING, TX (September 23, 2022) – Nexstar Media Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Nexstar Media Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: NXST), announced today that it will host two cross-market live broadcasts of debates between the major party Candidates for Illinois Governor, Democrat JB Pritzker and Republican Darren Bailey. The first debate, “YOUR LOCAL ELECTION HEADQUARTERS: ILLINOIS GOVERNOR’S DEBATE,” will be held on Thursday, October 6, 2022 at 7:00 p.m. CT at the Illinois State University campus in Normal, IL. The second debate will hail from WGN-TV’s Chicago studios and take place on Tuesday, October 18, 2022 at 7:00 p.m. CT. Both debates will be broadcast across the state of Illinois.
The hour-long debates, produced by WMBD-TV in Peoria and WGN-TV in Chicago, will be available via broadcast or live digital stream in every county in the state, potentially bringing together more than six million viewers across Illinois. The debate will air on local Nexstar TV stations in eight markets serving Illinois, including Chicago’s WGN-TV, Moline’s WHBF-TV, Rockford’s WQRF-TV, Peoria’s WMBD-TV, Champaign’s WCIA-TV, KPLR- TV in St. Louis (MO), WTWO-TV in Terre Haute (IN) and WEHT-TV in Evansville (IN). Nexstar is working with Gray Television’s WGEM-TV in Quincy and Allen Media’s WSIL-TV in Carterville to make the debate available in all Illinois television markets. In addition, radio stations across the country will be given free access to the debate. WGLT (89.1 FM) in Normal and WCBU (89.9 FM) in Peoria intend to lead the debates in their respective markets. WGN Radio (720 AM) in Chicago will broadcast the second debate on October 18th.
The first debate on October 6 from Illinois State University will be moderated by WGN-TV News Host Tahman Bradley and WCIA-TV News Host Jennifer Roscoe. WGN-TV’s second debate on October 18 will be moderated by WGN-TV News anchors Micah Materre and Tahman Bradley. Presenters will pose questions to each candidate, including several submitted by voters in advance, focusing on issues important to viewers at home.
The Illinois governor election will take place on Tuesday, November 8, 2022. Voters must register by mail by Tuesday, October 11 and online on Sunday, October 23 to vote. To register to vote, please visit: https://ova.elections.il.gov. For more information on the upcoming election, including early voting dates, polling locations and voter identification requirements, visit:
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The Illinois Governor’s Debate will be broadcast on the following channels and websites:
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