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Tired of Mud-Slinging Campaign Ads? Comcast's OnDemand Delivers Gubernatorial Candidates' Remarks on Key Regional Issues Through Election Day

Democratic Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich and Republican Treasurer Judy Baar Topinka address housing, transportation, school funding, and sensible growth in 30-minute segments

(Chicago)….. With Nov. 7 one month away, and opportunities to hear the candidates talk about the issues – rather than each other – rare, Comcast customers can access the Metropolitan Planning Council’s (MPC) 2006 gubernatorial candidate forums in their entirety through Election Day by using Comcast’s ON DEMAND feature.

The Council hosted Democratic gubernatorial candidate Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich at Chase Auditorium in Chicago on Sept. 7, and Republican candidate Judy Baar Topinka at the Hyatt Regency Chicago on Aug. 7, providing each with a forum to explain their plans to increase housing options, ease traffic congestion, invest in northeastern Illinois’ transportation network, improve schools, and inspire sensible growth. Comcast was media sponsor of both events.

“As Chicagoland continues to grow, voters are calling on all candidates for state and local office to come prepared with solutions to the regional growing pains affecting all of us,” said Joseph Stackhouse, senior vice president for Comcast and an MPC executive advisor. “Comcast is proud to help educate voters during this election year by bringing them the Metropolitan Planning Council’s 2006 gubernatorial candidate forums.”

At the forums, Gov. Blagojevich and Treasurer Topinka responded to three questions provided by MPC in advance. Craig Dellimore, political editor for WBBM Newsradio-780 AM, moderated both events. Each candidate made groundbreaking remarks on key issues integral to creating healthy communities, including school funding and property tax reform; a new state capital plan to invest in roads, bridges, schools, and public transit; the need to connect jobs and affordable homes to reliable, safe, and convenient transportation options; and the state's role in stimulating innovative local community planning.

Comcast Digital Cable customers can access the candidate forum content ON DEMAND, now through Election Day. Customers should access ON DEMAND via their remotes or by tuning to channel 1, and then choosing the "Get Local" folder and "DECISION 2006." MPC also has posted excerpts from both candidates’ remarks on its Web site.

For more information, contact Mandy Burrell, MPC communications associate, at 312-863-6018 or mburrell@metroplanning.org; or Angelynne S. Amores, Comcast media relations director, at 847-489-6296 or as_amores@cable.comcast.com.

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