Democratic candidate for Illinois governor Chris Kennedy is calling for at least five televised debates among his rivals beginning in January.
Kennedy, a Chicago businessman and son of the late Robert F. Kennedy, said he wants at least two of the five debates to be held outside the Chicago media market He's proposing the debates be held before the March 20, 2018 primary election.
“Next March, Democrats face an important choice about Illinois' future. We must make the right choice as a party to defeat Bruce Rauner because Illinois has never been in worse shape than it is today,” Kennedy said. “The primary voters can’t make an informed decision without vigorous issue-oriented debates where each candidate can lay out their vision for our state's future."
Kennedy said his campaign will reach out to his rivals to arrange details. Among Kennedy's rivals for the Democratic nod are Chicago businessman JB Pritzker, State Sen. Daniel Biss (D-Evanston), State Rep. Scott Drury (D-Highwood) and Chicago Alderman Ameya Pawar.