CANDIDATE FREE TIME “Chicago Tonight” 2018 Voters’ Guide to the Cook County Primary Nick Blumberg | & Attorney General and Government Candidates “Debate Dates”

WTTW’s 2018 Voters’ Guide to the Cook County Primary is an online resource designed to inform voters about the candidates running for office in the March 20 election.

Candidates were given two minutes to tell voters where they stand on the issues, why they feel they are best qualified and what they intend to do if elected or re-elected. The messages were recorded at the WTTW studios at no cost to the candidates.

The Voters’ Guide is an online version of Candidate Free Time, pioneered by WTTW in the 1992 race for U.S. Senate. This year’s Candidate Free Time is produced with and underwritten in part by the League of Women Voters of Cook County.

Cook County Board of Commissioners:

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 The Cook County Board of Commissioners is a legislative body made up of 17 commissioners who are elected by district, and a president who is elected county wide, all for four year terms. Cook County, which includes the City of Chicago, is the United States‘ second largest county with a population of 5.2 million residents. The county board sets policy and laws for the county regarding property, public health services, public safety, and maintenance of county highways.[1] It is presided over by the County Board President, currently Toni Preckwinkle.

The commissioners, president, and county clerk (who serves as clerk of the board), hold the same offices ex officio on the legally distinct Cook County Forest Preserve District Board of Commissioners.

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Illinois Attorney General Job and Candidates:
The Illinois Attorney General is the highest legal officer of the state of Illinois in the United States. Originally an appointed office, it is now an office filled by election through universal suffrage. Based in Chicago and Springfield, Illinois, the Attorney General is responsible for providing legal counsel for the various state agencies including the Governor of Illinois and Illinois General Assembly, and conducting all legal affairs pertaining to the state.

The office of the Illinois Attorney General was established on December 3, 1818 based on guidelines adopted by a state constitutional convention. The first person to fulfill the duties of the office was Daniel Pope Cook who only served eleven days, and was later elected to the United States CongressCook County was named in his honor.

The current holder of the office is Lisa Madigan, step-daughter of Michael Madigan.

Illinois will hold an election for attorney general on November 6, 2018. The filing deadline for candidates wishing to participate in the Democratic or Republican primary elections was December 4, 2017, while independent and third party candidates have until June 25, 2018, to file. No media outlets provided ratings of this race as of January 2, 2018.[1]   From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

This is one of 30 attorney general elections occurring in 2018. Heading into the November 2018 elections, Democrats hold a total of 21 attorney general seats while Republicans hold 27. As of January 2018, the fundraising leader in the Democraticprimary was Kwame Raoul (D), who had raised $1.0 million since entering the race. The fundraising leader in the Republican primary was Erika Harold (R), who had raised $280,000.

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Illinois gubernatorial and lieutenant gubernatorial election, 2018
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Democratic Candidates for Governor Face High School Students (Chicago Tonight)

Democratic Candidates for Illinois Governor Face Off in First Televised Forum WarRoom NBC News

The race for Illinois Governor: the Democrats debate ABC News March 2nd

ABC 7 Chicago, the station that has broadcast candidate debates and forums for more than two decades, will partner again with the League of Women Voters of Illinois and Univision Chicago for a commercial free debate among the six Democratic candidates running in the primary race for Illinois governor.

ABC 7 EYEWITNESS NEWS PRESENTS THE RACE FOR ILLINOIS GOVERNOR: THE DEMOCRATS DEBATE, is an hour long debate moderated by ABC 7 Anchor/Reporter Alan Krashesky at the ABC 7 studios. He will be joined by ABC 7 Political Reporter Craig Wall and Univision Chicago’s Erika Maldonado, who will question the candidates.

The debate will be featured LIVE at 7 pm on ABC 7 digital channel 7.2 (Comcast 217, RCN 618, WOW! 219, Charter 608 and Mediacom 723) and streamed live on and the ABC 7 Chicago News app at 7 PM on Friday, March 2. Later that evening the debate will air on ABC 7’s main channel from 10:35 -11:35 PM Friday. Univision Chicago will air the debate in Spanish, Saturday, March 3 at 5 PM.

The Democratic candidates for Illinois Governor participating in the debate will include: Daniel Biss, Bob Daiber, Tio Hardiman, Chris Kennedy, Robert Marshall, and J.B. Pritzker.ABC 7 EYEWITNESS NEWS PRESENTS THE RACE FOR ILLINOIS GOVERNOR: THE DEMOCRATS DEBATE will be made available to television and radio stations throughout Illinois via the Illinois Broadcasters Association.

The debate is produced by ABC 7 Eyewitness News in collaboration with the League of Women Voters of Illinois and Univision Chicago. It will all be available on demand at and the ABC 7 Chicago News app.

BGA and ABC7 host IL attorney general forums ABC News March 7th

As Illinois voters get ready to elect a new attorney general for the first time in 16 years, the Democratic and Republican candidates for attorney general will participate in separate forums hosted by the Better Government Association and ABC7 Chicago.

The forums are free, open to the public, and will be livestreamed on and, as well as on Facebook at ABC7Chicago BetterGov. Spanish speakers can watch the livestream on and on Facebook at UnivisionChicago.

Republicans Gary Grasso and Erika Harold will answer questions from 6 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. Wednesday, March 7 in Ganz Hall at Roosevelt University, 430 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago.

The Democrats will take questions for an hour starting at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 7, also in Ganz Hall at Roosevelt University, 430 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago. The Democratic candidates are: state Rep. Scott Drury, Sharon Fairley, Aaron Goldstein, Renato Marriotti, former Gov. Pat Quinn, state Sen. Kwame Raoul, Highland Park Mayor Nancy Rotering and Jesse Ruiz.

The back-to-back forums will feature questions from ABC7 Political Reporter Craig Wall and BGA Policy & Civic Engagement Director Madeleine Doubek.

Voters are encouraged to attend the forums in person, or to tune in to the website or Facebook livestreams to learn about the candidates and their priorities.

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The Illinois attorney general is the state’s chief legal officer, and has broad powers and the freedom to emphasize some focus areas over others. The attorney general is charged with enforcing the state’s Freedom of Information and Open Meetings acts, protecting consumers and rooting out corruption. Outgoing Attorney General Lisa Madigan currently is involved in pursuing a legal effort to require reform of the Chicago Police Department in the wake of a U.S. Justice Department Civil Rights investigation. Across the country, state attorneys general have successful records of reaching financial settlements with various corporations accused of fraud. Some attorneys general also have been active in challenging some of the policies and orders of the federal government.

“The office of attorney general has the power to reach the lives of every Illinois resident. Voters have a rare opportunity to make a significant choice for that office in the March 20 primary. That is why the BGA and ABC7 are hosting these debates as a public service to help voters assess and evaluate their choices for this top statewide office,” Doubek said.

ABC 7 Chicago has a proud tradition of featuring political debates and forums for more than two decades in an effort to give voters a chance to hear directly from the candidates about issues important to them and the community.

Meet the Democratic Candidates forum from the 4th Congressional District ABC News

Univision Chicago, ABC 7 Chicago, the League of Women Voters of Illinois, and the Little Village Chamber of Commerce partnered to host a Meet the Candidates Forum with the candidates running in the Democratic Primary race for the 4th Congressional District seat, Tuesday, January 30, 2018.

The forum was moderated by ABC 7’s Political Reporter Craig Wall and Univision anchor Enrique Rodriguez at Mi Tierra Restaurant, 2528 South Kedzie, Chicago. (*Note: With only one Republican candidate running for the seat, there will not be a Republican Primary forum. The Republican candidate is Mark Lorch.) ABC 7 Chicago has been bringing candidate debates and forums to Chicagoans for more than two decades.
The Meet the Candidates Forum gave those living and working in the 4th Congressional District a chance to directly address problems and issue affecting their community. The event was streamed live on and on the ABC 7 Chicago Facebook page, and the Univision Chicago Facebook page from 6:30 to 7:15 p.m.

The Democratic candidates running in the primary who participated in the forum include Sol Flores, Jesus Chuy Garcia, and Richard Gonzalez.

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