CHAMPAIGN — Three of four Republican candidates for governor are scheduled to be in Champaign for a debate Monday night.
The debate is sponsored by WCIA-Channel 3 and the Champaign County Chamber of Commerce.
WCIA News Director Andy Miller said that candidates Kirk Dillard, Bill Brady and Dan Rutherford have confirmed they will be present. As of Sunday, they had not gotten a response from Bruce Rauner.
The debate, to be held at the I Hotel and Conference Center, 1900 S. First St., C, from 7 to 8 p.m., will be broadcast live on Nexstar Broadcasting television stations in Champaign, Peoria, Rockford and the Quad Cities. Local viewers can find it on WCIA and sister station WCIX.
“That was our big hook to get the candidates involved. This is a downstate debate with a pretty broad audience. We wish we had four out of four,” Miller said.
The station sent out invitations months ago, he said.
Questioners for the debate will include WCIA anchors Jennifer Roscoe and Dave Benton as well as anchor persons from Nexstar stations in Peoria, Rockford and the Quad Cities, said Miller.
Tickets for the event can be picked up at WCIA, 509 S. Neil St., C, or the Champaign County Chamber of Commerce at 303 W. Kirby Ave., C.
Monday is the first day of early voting at the Brookens Administrative Center, 1776 E. Washington St., U.
Seven other early voting sites in Champaign County will open March 11. The primary is March 18.