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Republican Gubernatorial Debate

7 pm Thurs., Jan. 23: WILL-TV, WILL-AM 580, WILL-FM 90.9. WATCH THE DEBATE LIVE.

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Public TV and radio stations throughout the state, including WILL-TV, WILL-AM and WILL-FM, will broadcast a debate with four Republican candidates for Illinois governor—State Sen. Bill Brady, State Sen. Kirk Dillard, businessman Bruce Rauner and State Treasurer Dan Rutherford—on Thursday, Jan. 23. It will be hosted by four Illinois public broadcasters and the League of Women Voters of Illinois.

The 90-minute debate airs along with post-debate analysis from 7-9 p.m. The debate will take place in Peoria at WTVP (Peoria/Bloomington), which will sponsor and broadcast the debate along with WILL-TV and WILL-AM-FM (Urbana), WSIU-FM-TV (Carbondale) and WUIS-FM (Springfield).

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.

Most public broadcasting stations in the state will stream video of the debate on their websites. Illinois Public Media will offer a video livestream of the debate at

H. Wayne Wilson, host/producer of WTVP’s At Issue, will moderate with questioning 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 winner of the Republican primary will be invited to a fall general election debate sponsored by Illinois public broadcasters and the League of Women Voters of Illinois.