The Illinois primary election isn’t until next March, but campaigns are going strong. Most Democrats running for governor will take part in a forum Tuesday night at Northern Illinois University.
Kim Gates, a member of DeKalb Stands, says her group -- which helped organize the event -- was formed in reaction to concerns about the presidential election. Now, she says, they see the importance of being engaged politically at every level of government.
"Being engaged in the local communities is really where you can make a difference," she said. "Being that we have a gubernatorial election coming up, it's a very important position that we need to make sure that we have a really strong candidate running."
Democrats Daniel Biss, Bob Daiber, Tio Hardiman, Chris Kennedy, and Alex Paterakis will take written questions from the audience at the forum. Ameya Pawar and J.B. Pritzker withdrew from the event.
The forum starts at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday in NIU’s Carl Sandburg Auditorium in the Holmes Student Center.