Some Budget Suggestions For The Winning Candidate For Governor

Sep 28, 2018

While debating, candidates offered no concrete suggestions for addressing fiscal problems but possibilities exist.

In today's fevered political climate, is it possible to have a serious discussion about possible ways to address the fiscal problems Illinois faces?

Not very likely, if one judges by the first debate among incumbent Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner and his three challengers, Democrat J.B. Pritzker, Conservative candidate/Republican Sen. Sam McCann, and Libertarian Grayson "Kash" Jackson.

Susan Stephens / WNIJ

Imagine a presidential debate that is civil and about issues. That’s what happened Friday at Jefferson High School in Rockford, where students Andrea Stout and Haifa Ali debated.

They weren’t pretending to be the current presidential candidates: Instead, they represented the platforms of the Republican and Democratic parties.

The two candidates answered questions about immigration, voting rights, higher education, and the economy.

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

Oct 30, 2014 /

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.  

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

Oct 23, 2014 /

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.

Wisconsin Gov. Candidates Meet For Final Debate Tonight

Oct 17, 2014
State of Wisconsin / Burke for Wisconsin

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.;

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

Quinn, Rauner To Debate For Second Time

Oct 14, 2014;

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

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

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.