NBC CHICAGO AND TELEMUNDO CHICAGO PARTNER WITH THE UNION LEAGUE CLUB OF CHICAGO AND THE CHICAGO URBAN LEAGUE TO HOST THE FIRST TELEVISED 2018 RACE FOR ILLINOIS GOVERNOR FORUM
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Sept. 17, 2018
NBC CHICAGO AND TELEMUNDO CHICAGO PARTNER WITH THE UNION LEAGUE CLUB OF CHICAGO AND THE CHICAGO URBAN LEAGUE TO HOST THE FIRST TELEVISED 2018 RACE FOR ILLINOIS GOVERNOR FORUM, SEPTEMBER 20
CHICAGO, IL – (September 17, 2018) – NBC 5 Chicago / WMAQ and Telemundo Chicago / WSNS will partner with the Union League Club of Chicago and the Chicago Urban League to host the first televised Race for Illinois Governor Forum of 2018 on Thursday, September 20, 2018 at 6pm. The hour-long forum, broadcast from the NBC Tower, will be moderated by NBC Chicago Political Editor Carol Marin. NBC Chicago reporter Mary Ann Ahern and Telemundo Chicago reporter Karla Leal will take questions from the audience in the roundtable-conversation format.
“We are pleased to host the Illinois Candidates for Governor in this forum,” said Frank Whittaker, Station Manager/Vice President of News, NBC Chicago. “Our commitment to political coverage is unmatched in Chicago. We look forward to giving voters a look at where each candidate stands on important issues facing our state.”
“The Union League Club of Chicago (ULCC) has a commitment to community and country,” said Edward L. Cooper III, ULCC President. “It is this mission that motivates our partnership of the forum, which we hope will bring more awareness to the community.”
“Many communities in Chicago and across Illinois are facing significant challenges when it comes to access to jobs, high-quality education, and affordable and safe places to live. The next governor of our state can play a significant role in addressing these issues,” said Barbara Lumpkin, Interim President and CEO of the Chicago Urban League. “We are pleased to partner in this forum and provide an opportunity for discourse that can help voters make an informed decision as they head to the polls in November.”
In 2015, NBC 5 and Telemundo Chicago hosted the award winning Chicago Mayoral Debate and in 2014 both stations hosted The Republican Illinois Governor Candidate Forum.
About NBC 5 Chicago
NBC 5 (WMAQ-TV) is the owned NBC station in Chicago. On October 8, 1948, the station, then called WNBQ-TV, transmitted its first telecast from the Merchandise Mart—the third game of the Indians-Braves World Series in Cleveland, Ohio. The station’s current call letters, WMAQ-TV, were established in 1964. During NBC 5 Chicago’s rich history, the station pioneered a number of television “firsts.” On April 15, 1956, NBC 5 became the world’s first all-color TV station. In September of 1986, NBC 5 became the first Chicago commercial station to broadcast in stereo. In 1989, NBC 5 was the first Chicago station to present closed captioning of all local newscasts. Currently, NBC 5 airs over 30 hours of local news per week in HD on its core channel and the latest news, weather, original franchises and streamed original content on NBCCHICAGO.COM and NBC Chicago Mobile App.
About Telemundo Chicago
Telemundo Chicago / WSNS is Telemundo’s local television station serving the Spanish-speaking community throughout the Chicago metropolitan area. Owned by NBCUniversal, Telemundo Chicago produces four daily award-winning newscasts every weekday that feature the latest local news, weather forecasts, consumer reports, and entertainment and sports updates across a variety of platforms. The station also broadcasts a weekday variety entertainment program, Acceso Total that delivers national entertainment headlines. Viewers can also access up-to-date local news and information online at TelemundoChicago.com, via the station’s dedicated mobile app and social media channels
About Union League Club of Chicago and its Public Affairs Committee
Since its inception in 1879, the Union League Club of Chicago has been a cornerstone of the Chicago business, civic and cultural community. In addition to being a full service private club, the Public Affairs Committee (PAC) at the Union League Club of Chicago is at the forefront of the Club’s ongoing commitment to community and country. The PAC and its various subcommittees address a wide range of public policy issues, sponsor programs on current affairs with prominent speakers, and serve as the conduit for the Club’s involvement in civic affairs.
About the Chicago Urban League
Established in 1916, the Chicago Urban League works for economic, educational and social progress for African Americans and promotes strong sustainable communities through advocacy, collaboration and innovation. For more information, visit www.thechicagourbanleague.org. Find us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.