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Gubernatorial Debates Set; No Springfield Plans

Gubernatorial Debates Set; No Springfield Plans

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Illinois’ gubernatorial candidates will appear together at three traditional debates before November.

They are Oct. 9 in Peoria, hosted by PBS and the League of Women Voters; Oct. 14, hosted by the Chicago Urban League; and another in Chicago later in October, hosted by the League of Women Voters and WLS-TV.

There are no traditional debates planned in Springfield.

Republican Bruce Rauner’s campaign released a list of eight debates and forums ahead of Nov. 4. That list includes a joint live-streamed Sept. 9 Chicago Tribune endorsement session and an Aug. 28 Metropolitan Planning Council event where organizers say the two candidates won’t appear jointly.

Gov. Pat Quinn’s campaign criticized Rauner for “hiding,” saying Wednesday that Quinn confirmed for 11 events. Rauner spokesman Mike Schrimpf says Rauner’s list is diverse and more than the U.S. president does.

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