The WTTW, WBEZ and Chicago Sun-Times newsrooms will jointly present a candidate forum with Democrat incumbent Senator Tammy Duckworth and Republican challenger Kathy Salvi leading up to the November 8 midterm election.
The live forum will premiere on WTTW on Thursday, October 27 at 7:00 pm CT. It will stream live and on-demand on wttw.com, Facebook and YouTube, and will broadcast live on WBEZ on 91.5FM in Chicago and on wbez.org. Chicago Tonight co-anchor Paris Schutz and Chicago Sun-Times chief political reporter Tina Sfondeles will moderate the discussion with the candidates in WTTW’s Chicago Tonight studio. They will also take questions live from community members on location at WILL public television station in Champaign, Illinois with WILL’s Tinisha Spain and at La Villita Community Church in Chicago’s Little Village community with WBEZ reporter Michael Puente. Viewers in the region can watch and listen on public television and radio stations across Illinois. Check local listings.
“This election will have a significant impact on residents across our city and state,” said Jay Smith, News Director for WTTW. “We are proud to partner with fellow public media organization WBEZ and with the Chicago Sun-Times to provide voters with trusted, essential coverage and candidates with a forum for civil discourse.”
“Voters have important choices to make this election season,” said WBEZ politics editor Angela Rozas O’Toole. “With this collaboration with WTTW and our sister organization, the Chicago Sun-Times, the public will have the opportunity to hear directly from these U.S. Senate candidates about a number of important issues. We are excited to bring that service to our listeners and viewers.”
“The results of this year’s elections will affect many aspects of our daily lives,” Sfondeles said. “We’re happy to partner with WTTW and WBEZ to help voters comb through key issues in an important Senate race.”
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