Bloomington/Normal — College students and older adults in central Illinois will hear from Democratic Nominee Governor JB Pritzker and Republican Nominee State Sen. Darren Bailey on issues important to both generations during a gubernatorial debate televised live at 7 p.m. on Oct. 6 from Illinois State University’s Braden Auditorium.
The debate, the first collaboration of this kind between AARP Illinois and Illinois State University, will allow members from two powerful voting blocs to hear from the candidates on matters important to both – including affordable housing, healthcare, education, jobs, the cost of prescription drugs and more.
The debate will be hosted by Nexstar Media Group and presented by AARP Illinois and Illinois State University. The event will be televised live on Nexstar affiliates throughout the state including Central Illinois’ WMBD-TV, radio broadcast on NPR affiliates WGLT and WCBU, and will be covered by La Voz, the Spanish-language section of the Chicago Sun-Times.
“AARP Illinois has 1.7 million members who will comprise 60 to 70 percent of all voters this election in the vast majority of the races. They are looking to the next Governor to create meaningful solutions for struggles they feel every day,” said Philippe Largent, AARP Illinois State Director. “We are proud to be partnering with Illinois State University to remind both candidates that voters of all generations must be heard.”
“Civic engagement is a core value of Illinois State University, said Illinois State President Terri Goss Kinzy. “Through this partnership with AARP Illinois we are helping provide an opportunity for our students and people throughout the state to hear from the candidates about issues that are important to Illinois.”
More details available at: https://states.aarp.org/illinois/