WILL Pressroom

WILL Hosts 13th Congressional District Debate

7 pm Thursday, Nov. 1, 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.