Ill. governor candidates go face-to-face in Nexstar-hosted debate next month


CHICAGO — The leading candidates for Illinois Governor will meet face to face for the first time, in a set of exclusive prime-time debates hosted by Nexstar Media Inc. next month.   

Democratic Gov. J.B. Pritzker and Republican nominee, State Sen. Darren Bailey, have both agreed to participate in two, one-hour debates covering current issues central to voters both regionally and statewide. 

The first will now take place on October 6, at Braden Auditorium on the campus of Illinois State University in Normal. 

The second debate will be held on October 18 at WGN-TV studios in Chicago. 

Both events will take place at 7p.m., airing live on Nexstar television stations serving Illinois and reaching voters in nearly every corner of the state. The debates will also be streamed online, including on  

The general election for Governor of Illinois is scheduled to take place on November 8, 2022. Early voting begins September 29th. To register to vote, please visit 

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