Saturday, December 9th   |   2 – 4pm   |   Chicago Temple, 77 W. Washington St., Chicago, IL 60602

 Media Alert:

Chicago Women’s Forum  Reflects Change from Moment to Movement
More than 1200 Registered for Gubernatorial Forum

Diverse Group of 40+Organizations Sponsor Women’s “Find out who they really are”Event
Those Unable to Get Ticket Can Watch on Cable and Livestream

At a time when national attention is focused on the political implications of the current fury over sexual harassment, more than 40 women’s groups in Chicago and Illinois are hosting a forum for candidates for Illinois governor on Saturday, Dec. 9, at the Chicago Temple. 

“The issue of sexual harassment has been part of agenda since it was created in 2014,” said co-convener Marilyn Katz. “This forum will ask about the candidates’ proposed remedies to this, but will also look at the underlying economic and social issues that place women in vulnerable positions.  After all, in the end, it’s not about sex but power.”

Organized by the Chicago Women Take Action Alliance, which in 2014 convened many of the groups to forge the Chicago Women’s Agenda  and moderated by NBC Chicago’s Mary Ann Ahern, the forum will let women voters hear the candidates’ views on issues women say are important to them. Democratic candidates J.B. Pritzker, Christopher Kennedy, Daniel Biss and Tio Hardiman will participate in the panel discussion. Republicans Gov. Bruce Rauner and challenger State Rep. Jeanne Ives declined.

More than 1,200 people have registered to attend the event, which is free and open to the public. Admission is free, but registration is required, at At this point names are being put on a wait list, which will be used to admit people on the day of the event.

 The forum will be broadcast live by CAN TV, live streamed, live tweeted and covered by two podcasts.

Those unable to obtain a ticket can view the Forum on Cable Channel 27 CanTv or livestream at  In addition , the Forum can be viewed on Facebook on pages for Chicago Women Take Action and  Indivisible Illinois. 

For more information, contact Marilyn Katz, or call 312-953-1225.

Late breaking news:   We’re excited to announce the CWTA straw poll! After hearing from the candidates at the Women’s Gubernatorial Forum, let us know who you would support in the 2018 election. Click Here to cast your vote through Survey Monkey.

During the forum, you can also visit our Facebook page and Twitter  to access the Survey Monkey link live. Please note: All responses are anonymous and only the aggregate response will be shared publicly.

POLL WILL CLOSE AT 5:00 p.m. on Saturday

For those of you who like to see the links to access them, here they are:

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CWTA Alliance Straw Poll

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