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Chamber will sponsor forum for candidates

Questions requested from public prior to event

STERLING – The people have spoken, and now they need to quickly submit questions for the candidates running for city offices.

In response to requests from the public, the Sauk Valley Area Chamber of Commerce will host a candidate forum at 6:30 p.m. March 28 at Woodlawn Arts Academy, 3807 Woodlawn Road.

All candidates running for City Council, school board, Park District, township supervisor, and township trustee in the city of Sterling have been invited to participate.

The chamber used to regularly sponsor political forums, but hasn’t sponsored one since 2013. Kris Noble, executive director at the chamber, said she had fielded a number of requests to bring back the event, and the decision was made to try to pull it together at the last minute.

“We weren’t going to do one because they haven’t been well attended, but with more contested races this time, there has been more interest,” Noble said.

After receiving quite a few phone calls and emails from voters, the chamber’s leadership got on board with the idea.

“The board really wanted to do it, and although we don’t endorse candidates, we think it’s important that the chamber be a communication instrument for elections,” Noble said.

The forum will give the candidates time to state their positions on the issues, and the public an opportunity to provide questions.

The chamber requests questions be submitted in advance at the chamber office, 211 Locust St. or to chamber@essex1.com by Friday.

Candidates are asked to RSVP to, and more information is available at, 815-625-2400.

The Sauk Valley Area Chamber of Commerce is one of the largest professional organizations in northwest Illinois. Nearly 370 members belong to the nonprofit, which focuses on promoting local business.

CANDIDATE FORUM

The chamber requests that questions for the candidates be submitted in advance of the forum. The questions can be dropped off at the chamber office, 211 Locust St. in Sterling, or they can be emailed to chamber@essex1.com by Friday.

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