WILL Hosts 13th Congressional District Debate

7 pm Thursday, Nov. 1, 2012
October 25, 2012

Republican Rodney Davis of Taylorville, Democrat David Gill of Bloomington, and Independent John Hartman of Edwardsville, candidates for Congress in the new 13th District, will meet in the WILL-TV 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 will broadcast the hour-long debate live, with live video streaming on will.illinois.edu.

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; Tom Kacich, Champaign New-Gazette columnist; Robert Lowe, University of Illinois broadcast journalism student; and Amanda Vinicky, Statehouse Bureau chief, Illinois Public Radio/WUIS-FM.

The 13th Congressional District stretches from Champaign-Urbana west to the Mississippi River and to the Illinois suburbs of St. Louis.

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, Nov. 3. WILL-TV will re-air the debate at 9 p.m. Monday, Nov. 5.

All three candidates appeared on WILL-AM’s Focus before the election. Archived interviews can be heard here: Gill interview, Davis interview, Hartman interview. Audio clips of the candidates talking about specific issues in the election are available on Illinois Public Media's election website.