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Durbin, Sauerberg to Debate Monday Night

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Illinois’ two major party candidates for the U.S. Senate square-off Monday night in their first debate.

Republican Steve Sauerberg, a doctor from Willowbrook, began running a radio ad against incumbent Senator Dick Durbin this summer.

NARRATOR: The diagnosis: a total failure of the career politicians in Washington, like Dick Durbin.

Sauerberg is well behind in recent polls, and has relied on his own personal wealth to fund much of the campaign. Durbin, meanwhile, isn’t hurting for cash. He recently started running a TV ad that never mentions his opponent.

EDMUNDSON: And Dick Durbin has become a leading voice in our country to ensure that soldiers with traumatic brain injuries get the best care.

Tonight’s debate on WTTW in Chicago will be followed by one more, on commercial radio, later this week. Sauerberg wanted 10 debates, but Durbin’s spokesperson says these two should have enough statewide reach. She says this has “not been much of a race.”

I’m Sam Hudzik, Chicago Public Radio.

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