Election 2014
6:35 am
Thu October 30, 2014

U.S. Senate Candidates Differ On Ebola Response And More

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The Illinois candidates for U.S. Senate sparred over Ebola, Obamacare, immigration reform and anti-violence policies in their final televised debate Wednesday. Chicago Public Television hosted the forum.

U.S. Senator Dick Durbin, a Democrat, says he favors close monitoring of passengers and quarantining those at high risk of exposure.

But he disagreed with his Republican challenger Jim Oberweis, a state Senator, on the need for a travel ban from certain countries.  

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Election 2014
6:43 am
Thu October 23, 2014

Durbin, Oberweis Squared Off On Ebola, Jobs, Taxes In Wednesday's Debate

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U.S. Senator Dick Durbin and Republican challenger Jim Oberweis sparred Wednesday over who has the best plan to create jobs and improve the lives of Illinois residents.

Durbin says he wants to provide company tax incentives and affordable health care. Oberweis says he knows how to create jobs.

Durbin raised a question about Oberweis's residency. At issue is the fact that the Sugar Grove Republican's wife has a home in Florida.

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8:36 am
Fri October 17, 2014

Wisconsin Gov. Candidates Meet For Final Debate Tonight

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Wisconsin Republican Governor Scott Walker and Democratic challenger Mary Burke are scheduled to meet for their second and final debate.

Tonight's debate in Milwaukee will be broadcast nationwide.

The one-hour debate begins at 7 p.m. It is being broadcast live on about 100 radio and television stations, including statewide on public television and nationally on C-SPAN.

Walker argues he turned around the state's economy. Burke says Walker failed in his first term and isn't advocating for the middle class.

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Election 2014
6:51 am
Wed October 15, 2014

Quinn, Rauner Debate African-American Voter Issues In Second Debate


Governor Pat Quinn and challenger Bruce Rauner continue to battle over what's best for Illinois’ future.

The top candidates faced off in two televised debates. The focus of last night’s debate was mostly African American voters - and the issues they’ll be thinking about on Election Day.

Both candidates on stage at the DuSable Museum realized the importance of this voting block.

My investments and my donations to the African American community have totaled 10s of millions of dollars.
--- Republican candidate Bruce Rauner

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Election 2014
5:26 pm
Tue October 14, 2014

Quinn, Rauner To Debate For Second Time

Republican candidate Bruce Rauner (left) and Democratic incumbent Pat Quinn (right).

Illinois' gubernatorial candidates will debate for the second time tonight in Chicago.

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7:09 am
Thu October 9, 2014

Live Gubernatorial Debate Starts Tonight

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Democrat Pat Quinn and Republican Bruce Rauner will meet for their first true debate of the Illinois governor's race. The candidates are scheduled to face off tonight in Peoria.

WNIJ will carry this debate live starting at 8 o’clock tonight. at 89.5 FM. You can add your thoughts via Twitter, using #ILGov2014

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8:02 pm
Thu July 26, 2012

Freeport layoffs inspire outsourcing debate

The Lincoln-Douglas debate sculpture in Freeport, Illinois.
Jacquilyn Stephens WNIJ

Workers at a Freeport company that’s slated to move jobs overseas got support from Governor Pat Quinn Thursday. Their also inspiring talk of a hosting a debate on outsourcing.

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