Women’s Gubernatorial Candidate Forum to be Held on Saturday, December 9

Women's Gubernatorial Forum
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Event can also be viewed on Cable Television and Livestream

CHICAGO—(ENEWSPF)—December 7, 2017

By: By: Marilyn Katz [email protected]

At a time when national attention is focused on the political implications of the current fury over sexual harassment, more than 40 women’s groups in Chicago and Illinois are hosting a forum for candidates for Illinois governor on Saturday, December 9, at the Chicago Temple, 77 West Washing Street in Chicago.

“The issue of sexual harassment has been part of agenda since it was created in 2014,” said co-convener Marilyn Katz. “This forum will ask the candidates’ proposed remedies to this, but will also look at the underlying economic and social issues that place women in vulnerable positions. It’s really not about sex but about power.”

“We are as – if not more concerned with ensuring women have the equalizing power that is ultimately protection. That’s why our agenda stresses and we fight for the $15 per hour minimum wage, for the ERA, equal pay, affordable child care, housing,  the preservation of the ACA  and of course the sensible gun laws that keep weapons off the streets and out  of the hands of those who, too often, turn them on their families,” said Katz.

Organized by the 44-group Chicago Women Take Action Alliance, which in 2014 convened many of the same groups to forge the Chicago Women’s Agenda (http://chicagowomentakeaction.com/chicago-womens-agenda), and moderated by NBC Chicago’s Mary Ann Ahern and SEIU Healthcare’s Jaquie Algee , the forum will let women voters hear the candidates’ views on issues women say are important to them. Democratic candidates J.B. Pritzker, Christopher Kennedy, Daniel Biss and Tio Hardiman will participate in the panel discussion. Republicans Gov. Bruce Rauner and challenger State Rep. Jeanne Ives declined.

More than 1,200 people have registered to attend the event, which is free and open to the public. Admission is free, but registration is required, at chicagowomentakeaction.com. At this point names are being put on a wait list, which will be used to admit people on the day of the event.

The forum will be broadcast live by CAN TV, live streamed, live tweeted and covered by two podcasts.

Those unable to obtain a ticket can view the Forum on Cable Channel 27 CanTv or livestream at www.Cantv.org. In addition, the Forum can be viewed at https://www.facebook.com/indivisibleillinois/

Agenda

1 p.m. Doors Open

2 p.m. Forum Opens

2:10 p.m.  Candidates Introduced and Opening Statements Made

2:20 p.m. Moderator Questioning begins

3:20 p.m. Question and answers from Audience and those on-line begin

3:50 p.m. Closing Statements by Candidates

3:57 p.m.  Closing by organizers

Source: MK Communications