CHICAGO, IL (October 7, 2022) – Last night’s debate between the major party candidates running for Governor of Illinois, Democrat J. B. Pritzker and Republican Darren Bailey, was a ratings winner for WGN-TV.  The first debate, “YOUR LOCAL ELECTION HEADQUARTERS: ILLINOIS GOVERNOR’S DEBATE,” took place on Thursday, October 6, 2022, at 7:00 p.m. CT, at the Illinois State University campus in Normal, IL. 

The debate reached over 240,000 total viewers, finishing #1 in the time period. It also finished #1 in the key Adults 25-54 demographic.

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The second debate will originate from the studios of WGN-TV in Chicago on Tuesday, October 18, 2022, at 7:00 p.m. CT, and will be moderated by WGN-TV News anchors Micah Materre and Tahman Bradley. The moderators will pose questions to each candidate, including several submitted from voters in advance, focused on topics important to viewers at home.

Last night’s debate and the October 18 debate will air on local Nexstar television stations in eight markets serving Illinois, including WGN-TV in Chicago, WHBF-TV in Moline, WQRF-TV in Rockford, WMBD-TV in Peoria, WCIA-TV in Champaign, KPLR-TV in St. Louis (MO), WTWO-TV in Terre Haute (IN), and WEHT-TV in Evansville (IN).  Nexstar is partnering 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 throughout the state will be provided free access to the debate.  WGLT (89.1 FM) in Normal and WCBU (89.9 FM) in Peoria intend to carry the debates in their respective markets. WGN Radio (720 AM) in Chicago will carry the October 18 debate.

The election for Illinois Governor will take place on Tuesday, November 8, 2022. Voters must register to vote by Tuesday, October 11, by mail and Sunday, October 23, online.  To register to vote, please visit: . For more information regarding the upcoming elections, including early voting dates, polling locations and voter identification requirements please visit:

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