UNIVERSITY PARK | Governors State University will host a forum for candidates seeking the vacant congressional seat in Illinois’ 2nd District. The forum, in GSU’s Center for Performing Arts, takes place at 6 p.m. Feb. 7.
During the forum, candidates will be asked how they can best serve the residents of the 2nd District, which includes sections of Chicago’s South Side and parts of southern Cook County, areas in Will County, and all of Kankakee County. Mike Flannery, political editor for WFLD FOX 32, will moderate the forum, which is free and open to the public.
The 2nd District congressional seat was held for 17 years by Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., a Chicago Democrat. He resigned Nov. 22, citing health reasons. A total of 17 Democrats and five Republicans have filed to run for the seat. The primary election takes place Feb. 26, with the special election for the seat to follow on April 9.
In presenting the forum, GSU is partnering with League of Women Voters chapters in Homewood-Flossmoor, Dolton-Harvey-Riverdale, and the Park Forest area.
Governors State University is located at 1 University Parkway.