Kane Co. League Of Women Voters To Host Forum Ahead Of November Election

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KANE COUNTY, IL — The Leagues of Women Voters of the Aurora Area and Central Kane County will co-host a hybrid forum at 7 p.m. on Sept. 21 for the candidates running for Illinois State Senate in the 42nd District and Illinois State House in the 83rd District.

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The forum will be held in person at Aurora University in the Crimi Auditorium, located in the Institute for Collaboration at 1347 Prairie St. in Aurora. It will also be live streamed and available for later viewing on the BATV YouTube Channel. A recording of the forum will also be posted to the websites of the League of Women Voters Aurora Area, the League of Women Voters of Central Kane County and the IL Voter Guide.

The forum will be divided into two segments: one dedicated to the race for Illinois State Senate in the 42nd District and the other dedicated to the race for Illinois State Rep in the 83rd District. During the appropriate segment, each candidate is given one minute for an opening statement. Following opening statements, each candidate will have an opportunity to respond to questions submitted in advance or asked by the viewing audience. Audience questions will be pre-screened by a team of League members for appropriateness prior to asking. The candidates will each be permitted up to one minute for each response. At the end of a segment, each candidate will again have up to one minute for a closing statement.

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“The League of Women Voters has a long history of conducting candidate forums and is widely considered to be one of the most capable non-partisan organizations in this regard,” Patti Lackman, voter service chair of the LWV of Central Kane County, said. “We are excited to hear from the candidates and provide them with this important opportunity to communicate with voters in their districts.”

Invitations to participate in the forum were extended to each of the candidates who will appear on the General Election ballot. Linda Holmes (DEM) and Paul J. Santucci (REP) are competing for the Illinois State Senate seat in the 42ndLegislative District. Matt Hanson (DEM) and Keith R. Wheeler (REP) are competing for the Illinois House seat in the 83rd Representative District in the General Assembly.

Here are some important dates to know for the upcoming November 8, 2022 General Election:

  • Aug. 10, 2022: First day to apply for a vote by mail ballot.
  • Sept. 29, 2022: First day to vote early at office of election authority.
  • Oct. 24, 2022: First day to vote early at permanent polling places.
  • Nov. 3, 2022: Last day to apply for a vote by mail ballot.
  • Nov. 8, 2022: Election Day! Polls open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Nonpartisan information about voting in Illinois can be found through the IL Voter Guide. Anyone wishing to find out more about this candidate forum or any other event hosted by the League of Women Voters of Central Kane County may obtain more information by emailing [email protected]


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