Sen. Mark Kirk Turns Down Several Chicago Debates

With less than 40 days until the election, Senator Mark Kirk is changing the traditional plans for debates in Chicago.

While Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth agreed to five debates, the incumbent does not agree. Kirk initially turned down the SunTimes editorial board, ABC7 League of Women Voters and Univision debate and WTTW Public television debates. Those venues have been on candidates' schedules for years, according to both campaigns. 

Kirk later reversed course, saying he would in fact attend the ABC7 League of Women Voters debate. 

That means Kirk will only do four debates. He has also agreed to the Chicago Tribune editorial board on Monday Oct. 3 and a downstate debate in Springfield Oct. 27, and a new Latino forum to be broadcast on WGN. The Duckworth campaign has not yet agreed to the Latino forum.

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