13th District candidates to debate on Thursday

URBANA — The final debate among the three candidates for Congress in Illinois' new 13th Congressional District will be televised live at 7 p.m. Thursday on WILL-TV, Channel 12.

Republican Rodney Davis of Taylorville, Democrat David Gill of Bloomington and independent John Hartman of Edwardsville will meet in the WILL studio for a debate hosted by Illinois Public Media in collaboration with the League of Women Voters of Illinois and WCIA-TV 3/WCIX-TV 49.

WILL-TV, WILL-AM 580 and WCIX-TV all will broadcast the hour-long debate, with live video streaming on will.illinois.edu.

The three have appeared in a debate setting just once before, last week in another televised meeting in Springfield. A week earlier, Gill and Davis debated each other at Illinois State University. Hartman, who is polling at less than 10 percent in public opinion surveys, was not allowed to participate in the ISU forum.

The new 13th District arcs from Champaign-Urbana on the northeast to the Mississippi River and the Illinois suburbs of St. Louis on the southwest. It includes 14 central and southwestern Illinois counties.

Illinois Public Media's Jim Meadows will moderate the debate before a live studio audience, with additional questions from Dave Benton, WCIA-TV 3 news anchor; Robert Lowe, University of Illinois broadcast journalism student; Amanda Vinicky, Statehouse Bureau chief, Illinois Public Radio/WUIS-FM; and Tom Kacich of The News-Gazette.

Also broadcasting the debate live will be TV stations WSEC-TV, WEIU-TV and Nine Network World Channel (St. Louis). Other radio stations carrying the debate live are WUIS-FM (Springfield), and WGLT-FM News & Ideas Channel (Bloomington-Normal).

WCIA-TV will air the debate at 10:30 p.m. Saturday. WILL-TV will rebroadcast the debate at 9 p.m. Monday, the night before Election Day.

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