NORMAL, Ill. (WMBD) — Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker and challenger Darren Bailey will meet Thursday night at the Braden Auditorium on the campus of Illinois State University for a televised debate, hosted by Nexstar Media Group.

Illinois Governor Debates: Pritzker, Bailey set for two showdowns

This will be the first of two face-to-face debates during the campaign ahead of Election Day, Nov. 8.

There are three ways viewers can watch the debate when it begins at 7 p.m. Thursday — broadcasted on WMBD, on, or on the CIProud 2 Go mobile app. Nexstar stations throughout Illinois will also be broadcasting the event.

Tune in online for a pre-show starting at 6:30 p.m. with an analysis of what you should be paying attention to tonight during the debate.

The first debate at Illinois State University will be moderated by WGN-TV News anchor Tahman Bradley and WCIA-TV News anchor Jennifer Roscoe. The moderators will pose questions to each candidate, including several submitted in advance by voters. They will focus on topics important to viewers at home.

The election for Illinois Governor will take place on Nov. 8. Voters must register to vote by Oct. 11, by mail, and Oct. 23, online. To register to vote, please visit: .