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Mission Control: First Presidential Debate Viewing Party Recap

Monday proved the record interest in this presidential election cycle's debates as over 150 people attended the NPR Illinois viewing party at Balen's Bar & Grill downtown . Oh, and over 80-million television viewers exceeded the previous debate viewership record set by a Carter/Reagan debate in 1980.  

We tried this viewing party because of the unusual development of this election.  It seemed a communal experience could be helpful.  Look at some of the photos from the slide show above.  Jamey Dunn, Brian Mackey, and Amanda Vinicky set the stage before the debate started with some perspective then the venue became quiet as attention focused on the candidates.  Being able to see each others' facial reactions and the occasional group gasp or laugh was worthwhile.  Many attendees commented they hoped we'd host another viewing party for the second presidential debate.

Your wish is our command...
Nice Bogdanovich, our Engagement & Membership Manager, organized Monday's party and confirmed we will host another for the second presidential debate October 9, 7:30 PM again at Balen's Bar & Grill.  Please click here to RSVP.

If you made the first party, thanks!  We look forward to seeing you at the second.  

Watch this recap Carter Staley produced  of the first NPR Illinois Presidential Debate Viewing Party.

Also, Newschannel 20's Jordan Abudayyeh reported from the party...

Randy Eccles is thrilled to be talking with community members and joining them in becoming informed citizenry. Please reach out at randy.eccles@nprillinois.org.
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