The four Republican candidates for Illinois governor-State Sen. Bill Brady, State Sen. Kirk Dillard, Businessman Bruce Rauner and State Treasurer Dan Rutherford-will meet in advance of the primary election for a live debate to be broadcast statewide by Illinois public broadcasters. Airing live Thursday, Jan. 23 at 7 p.m., the 90-minute debate will originate from the WTVP Studios in Peoria, Illinois, and be immediately followed by 30 minutes of analysis.
The debate is hosted by WTVP (Peoria/Bloomington), WILL-TV and WILL-AM-FM (Urbana), WSIU-FM-TV (Carbondale) and WUIS-FM (Springfield) in partnership with the League of Women Voters of Illinois. Additional TV stations carrying the debate are WTTW, Chicago; WYCC, Chicago; WEIU, Charleston; WQPT, Quad Cities; WSEC, Springfield; WMEC, Macomb; WQEC, Quincy. Other radio stations broadcasting the debate are WCBU-FM, Peoria; WBEZ-FM, Chicago; WUSI-FM, Olney; WVSI-FM, Mt. Vernon; WIPA-FM, Pittsfield; WIUM-FM, Macomb; WVIK-FM, Quad Cities.
The debate will also be streamed live and archived on the WTVP website, www.wtvp.org. Most public broadcasting stations in the state will also stream video of the debate on their websites.
Moderator of the debate will be H Wayne Wilson, host/producer of WTVP's At Issue. The candidates will be questioned by a panel of four journalists: Jim Meadows, senior reporter and host of Focus from Illinois Public Media; Jak Tichenor, host of Illinois Lawmakers, from WSIU; Amanda Vinicky, statehouse bureau chief from WUIS; and Chacour Koop, a student from the public affairs reporting program at University of Illinois, Springfield. Koop is an intern for the Associated Press.
The primary election will be held Tuesday, March 18, 2014. The winners of the primary election will be invited to a fall general election debate sponsored by Illinois public broadcasters and the League of Women Voters of Illinois.
Original Air Date(s): 1/23/2014