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State Rep. Dan Caulkins, R-Decatur., center, answers a question with U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis, R-Taylorville, on Monday during the "Open Government Night" event on the campus of Richland Community College.State Rep. Dan Caulkins, R-Decatur., center, answers a question with d U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis, R-Taylorville, on Monday during the "Open Government Nights" in the Shilling Community Education Center on the campus of Richland Community College.

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And now, the moment certain C-U Democrats have all been waiting for: a chance to be in the same room when U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis answers your question.

A week from Monday, Aug. 19, the Republican congressman will hold his second “Open Government Night” in as many months, this time in Champaign.

Due to join him on-stage at Parkland College’s Harold and Jean Miner Theatre for the 6 p.m. event: State Rep. Brad Halbrook (R-Shelbyville) and moderator Scott Beatty, of News-Gazette Media’s WDWS 1400-AM.

Admission is free and seating is first-come, first-served. Doors open at 5 p.m.

The format will mirror that of Davis’ first audience Q&A event, held July 29 at Decatur’s Richland Community College. Over that 90-minute program, Davis and state Rep. Dan Caulkins took turns answering 22 questions submitted in writing by those in a crowd of around 250. Topics ranged from the tone of President Donald Trump’s tweets to gun control and soybean tariffs.

Under this format, the moderator chooses the questions. Neither Davis nor his representatives will see them or have a hand in selecting them before they’re asked, officials said.

Davis will run for a fifth two-year term in Congress next year. It’s likely to be a rematch of the 2018 election, with Democrat Betsy Dirksen Londrigan announcing she’ll run again for the 13th District seat.

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