Note: NBC Chicago will offer a live stream with complete coverage of the forum beginning at 6 p.m. CT right here, as well as extended digital coverage with the candidates following the on-air broadcast.
The candidates running for Illinois governor will square off in the first televised forum of the general election Thursday, sharing the stage for the first time amid an already contentious and expensive race.
Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner, Democratic challenger J.B. Pritzker, Libertarian candidate Kash Jackson and Conservative candidate Sam McCann were all scheduled to participate in the hour-long forum, broadcast from NBC Tower beginning at 6 p.m.
The entire event will be broadcast live on NBC 5, on NBCChicago.com and on the NBC Chicago app. It will also be subtitled live in Spanish on Telemundo Chicago, TelemundoChicago.com and on the Telemundo Chicago app. These Are the Candidates Running for Illinois Governor
NBC 5 Political Editor Carol Marin will moderate the roundtable conversation, with reporters Mary Ann Ahern and Karla Leal taking questions from the audience.
With less than seven weeks left before Election Day, the third-party candidates will likely look to make more of a name for themselves in the race, while Rauner and Pritzker will undoubtedly sharpen the attacks they’ve launched at one another over television airwaves for months.
Pritzker and Rauner have both dumped millions of dollars from their own personal fortunes into their campaign coffers, affording them the chance to advertise both for themselves and largely against one another, even before winning their respective party nominations in March.
Thursday’s event will likely give them an opportunity to respond to those attacks, as well as delve more deeply into their policy proposals and answer some of the questions voters need to know before casting their ballots.
After the forum, the candidates will participate in a Q&A session that will be streamed exclusively on the NBC 5 and Telemundo Chicago digital platforms.