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Meet the Candidates
Thursdays at 7 pm

Meet the Candidates features interviews with candidates running for Illinois state, House and Senate races. Guests will discuss key issues impacting Illinois voters such as the economy, the environment, education and public health. This series is produced in partnership with the Jackson County League of Women Voters.

Meet the Candidates will air Thursdays at 7pm beginning April 14th through June 16th. Episodes will air on the WSIU TV stations (WSIU 8.1, WUSI 16.1, WSEC 14.1, WQEC 27.1 & WMEC 22.1) and be available to stream online the following day at pbs.org.

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Upcoming Episodes 💬
April 14th – 28th
May 5th – 19th
June 9th - 19th
Upcoming Episodes 💬

Meet the Candidates returns September 1st.

April 14th – 28th

April 14 at 7pm: House 117
Rep. Patrick Windhorst (R) and Ron Ellis (R)

April 14 at 7:30pm: House 118
Rep. Paul Jacobs (R) and Aaron Smith (R)

April 21 at 7pm: Senate 58
Sen. Terri Bryant (R)

April 21 at 7:30 pm: House 96
Prescott Paulin (R) and Lisa Smith (R)

April 28 at 7pm: Senate 59
Sen. Dale Fowler (R)

April 28 at 7:30 pm: House 100
Rep. CD Davidsmeyer (R)

May 5th – 19th

Starting at 7 pm:
May 5: House 115
Rep. David Friess (R)

May 5: House 116
Rep. Dave Severin (R)

May 12: Senate 48
Sen. Doris Turner (D)

May 12: Senate 54
Sen. Steve McClure (R) and Don DeBolt (R)

May 19: House District 95
Rep. (R) Tim Butler and Candidate (R) Kent Gray

May 19: House District 104
Rep. (R) Mike Marron and (D) Candidate Cindy Cunningham

June 9th - 19th

Starting at 7 pm:
June 9: House District 71
(D) Candidate Christopher Demink

June 9: Senate District 36
(D) Mike Halpin

Starting at 7 pm:
June 16: House District 12
(D) Joshua Qualls and (D) Chip Markel

June 16: Senate District 114
(R) Dr. Kevin Schmidt and (R) Kevin Dawson

Meet the Candidates Episodes
  • Democratic Incumbent Governor JB Pritzker talks with WSIU’s Jennifer Fuller about his first term, and his priorities if he wins re-election. Tune in or livestream ‘Meet the Candidates’ Thu, Sept. 29 at 7pm on WSIU TV.
  • On the next episode, WSIU’s Jennifer Fuller talks with Republican Dan Brady about his race for Illinois Secretary of State. Tune in or livestream ‘Meet the Candidates’ Thu, Sept. 22 at 7pm on WSIU TV.
  • On the next episode, we’ll chat with incumbent State Senator Terri Bryant and State Representative Dave Severin. Both are unopposed this fall – but we’ll explore the issues they hope to prioritize in Springfield. Tune in or livestream ‘Meet the Candidates’ Thu, Sept. 15 at 7pm on WSIU TV.
  • WSIU’s Jennifer Fuller sits down with Democrat Michael Frerichs, who is seeking re-election in the Illinois Treasurer’s race. Tune in or livestream ‘Meet the Candidates’ Thu, Sept. 8 at 7pm on WSIU TV. Enjoy an encore broadcast Sundays at 10am.
  • Host Steph Whiteside chats with Republicans Patrick Windorst and David Friess, who are each vying for a seat in the Illinois House. Tune in or livestream ‘Meet the Candidates’ Thu, Sept. 1 at 7pm on WSIU TV.