WTTW News and CHICAGO TONIGHT today announced the launch of a comprehensive VOTER GUIDE in advance of the November 8 midterm elections. Along with comprehensive digital resources, WTTW will produce and present three candidate forums and provide extensive, daily political coverage and analysis.
“This midterm election will have a significant impact on the city, state, and its residents, and as a leading public media organization in Chicago, we believe it is our responsibility to ensure that voters have the information and resources they need to make informed choices,” said Jay Smith, News Director for WTTW News.
WTTW NEWS is a nonprofit, public media newsroom serving the Chicago region with trusted, independent, ground-up community reporting and an outlet for deeper engagement and discourse on regional issues of concern. Throughout the election season, Chicago and regional residents can turn to WTTW News and CHICAGO TONIGHT for trusted information and analysis before making voting decisions.
WTTW’s election coverage will include:
WTTW NEWS DIGITAL VOTER GUIDE
WTTW’s Voter Guide provides voters with an easy-to-navigate and comprehensive library of resources for key races including the U.S. Senate and House; Illinois Governor, Attorney General, and Secretary of State; and Cook County Board President, Clerk, Sheriff, and others. The easy-to-use and searchable guide features profiles and recorded video messages from the candidates stating their positions on the issues; a video that dives into what happens to a Chicago ballot after it is cast; and additional resources and election coverage.
WTTW NEWS CANDIDATE FORUMS
WTTW News will host three forums on CHICAGO TONIGHT. The forums will premiere on WTTW at 7:00 pm CT and will stream live and on-demand on wttw.com, Facebook and YouTube.
Tuesday, October 25 – Illinois Attorney General
Tom DeVore [R]
Kwame Raoul [D] (incumbent)
Moderated by Amanda Vinicky (WTTW)
Wednesday, October 26 – Illinois Secretary of State
Dan Brady [R]
Alexi Giannoulias [D]
Moderated by Paris Schutz (WTTW)
Thursday, October 27 – U.S. Senate, in partnership with WBEZ and the Chicago Sun-Times
Tammy Duckworth [D] (incumbent)
Kathy Salvi [R]
Moderated by Paris Schutz (WTTW) and Tina Sfondeles (Chicago Sun-Times) with remote audiences in Champaign (Tinisha Spain-WILL) and in Chicago’s Little Village community (Michael Puente-WBEZ)
The October 27 U.S. Senate forum is produced by WTTW News in partnership with WBEZ and the Chicago Sun-Times, and will air on public television and radio stations across Illinois. Chicago Tonight co-anchor Paris Schutz and Chicago Sun-Times chief political reporter Tina Sfondeles will moderate the discussion in WTTW’s Chicago Tonight studio with candidates Tammy Duckworth and Kathy Salvi, and take questions live from community members located at WILL public television in Champaign, Illinois and La Villita Community Church in Chicago’s Little Village community.
CHICAGO TONIGHT, WTTW’s flagship nightly live news program, is an essential source for trusted, local, independent news that connects the people and communities in our region. We inform and engage our audience by providing clarity and context around complex issues, serving as a resource for information about the Chicago/Midwest region, and engaging communities through in-depth original reporting.
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The Voter Guide was produced with support from the League of Women Voters of Cook County.
Lead support for CHICAGO TONIGHT is provided by Alexandra and John Nichols, the Jim and Kay Mabie Family, and the Polk Bros. Foundation. Major support is provided by Ann and Rich Carr, the Searle Funds at The Chicago Community Trust, Julius N. Frankel Foundation, and The William F. O’Connor Foundation. Additional support is provided by Joel M. Friedman, President, Alvin H. Baum Family Fund, The Bossert Family Fund at The Chicago Community Trust, The Abe and Ida Cooper Foundation, The Dauntless Charitable Fund, The Howard S. Dubin Family Foundation, and the Lloyd A. Fry Foundation. Additional thanks to the supporters of the WTTW Fund for Independent News. Closed captioning is provided by Clifford Law Offices.