Political Events

2018 Illinois Democratic Gubernatorial Forum

We are pleased to announce that the IOP will be partnering with WBEZ Chicago and POLITICO to present a live public forum featuring the 2018 Illinois Democratic gubernatorial candidates discussing their respective visions for the future of our state.

The forum will be on Thursday, March 1 from 6 - 7:30 PM CT at the Logan Center for the Arts. Those interesting in attending the forum can reserve tickets here.

Inside Russia with Nick Schifrin

Join the IOP as we welcome journalist Nick Schifrin for a conversation on Inside Russia, his six-part series for PBS NewsHour. With support from the Pulitzer Center, Mr. Schifrin and Zach Fannin spent nearly two months in Russia investigating the formation of the new Russian national identity, the Russian government’s use of propaganda, and the leadership style of President Vladimir Putin. Presenting excerpts from his series, Mr. Schifrin will then take questions from the audience about his work in Russia and his career in journalism.

Illinois Elections 101

In anticipation of the IOP, WBEZ Chicago, and POLITICO hosting a forum with the Illinois Democratic gubernatorial candidates, join us for a roundtable discussion on the 2018 Illinois state elections. What are the hot-button issues on the ballot? Where are the most competitive districts and offices in play? Which races should we watch as election day approaches?


Tony Arnold, state politics reporter for WBEZ

Natasha Korecki, senior reporter for POLITICO and writer of the POLITICO Illinois Playbook

Dave McKinney, state politics reporter for WBEZ