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WSIU-TV Presents Interviews With Candidates for Illinois Governor on WSIU InFocus

For Immediate Release
Tuesday, August 31, 2010 - revised

Contacts:  Jak Tichenor, WSIU-TV, (618) 453-6187, jak.tichenor@wsiu.org

Carbondale, Illinois -- WSIU Public Broadcasting, the public media arm of Southern Illinois University Carbondale (SIUC), will kick off its extended coverage of the general election campaign with in-depth interviews of the leading candidates for Governor of Illinois in a special half-hour episode of the weekly WSIU-TV series WSIU InFocus. The program will air on WSIU-TV 8 and WUSI-TV 16 on Friday, September 3 at 9pm, with repeat broadcasts on Sunday, September 5 at 12:30pm and 11:33pm; Wednesday, September 8 at 11:30pm; and Friday, September 10 at 5pm. Streaming video will be available after the debut broadcast in the WSIU InFocus Archive section.

WSIU Radio also will air the interviews this Friday, September 3 from 8:30-9am and again from 5:30-6pm.

In a series of interviews taped at the Du Quoin State Fair, WSIU Radio's Jennifer Fuller talked with incumbent Democratic Governor Pat Quinn of Chicago, Green Party candidate Rich Whitney of Carbondale, and Republican nominee State Senator Bill Brady of Bloomington about how they plan to manage the state's $13 billion budget deficit, create jobs and grow the Illinois economy, and restore voter confidence in the wake of the Rod Blagojevich and George Ryan scandals.

Quinn, a former state Treasurer and Lieutenant Governor, became the state's chief executive in January, 2009 after former Governor Blagojevich was impeached and removed from office by the Illinois General Assembly. Whitney, a civil rights attorney, earned the Greens a place on the ballot as an official party after his showing in the 2006 Governor's race. Brady, a real estate developer and former member of the Illinois House of Representatives, has served in the Illinois Senate since 2002.

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This WSIU InFocus broadcast is part of WSIU's Decision 2010 Election Series, which also will include interviews with candidates for U.S. Congress and the Illinois Senate and House of Representatives, as well as plans for live debates with candidates for Governor of Illinois and the U.S. Senate. WSIU is partnering with the Southern Illinoisan newspaper for extensive coverage of the candidates and the issues during the fall election season. Other partners include the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute, the Institute for Government and Public Affairs, and Illinois Public Media (WILL-TV/AM/FM).

Additional details about WSIU's extensive election programming and coverage will be provided in a special Web feature, coming soon at www.wsiu.org.

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