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GOP gubernatorial rivals invited to debate at Benedictine

LISLE – Benedictine University will play host to the final debate prior to the 2014 primary featuring the Republican candidates running for governor.

The university has invited the four candidates – state Sen. Bill Brady (R-Bloomington), state Sen. Kirk Dillard (R-Hinsdale), state Treasurer Dan Rutherford and Bruce Rauner – who are vying to run against incumbent Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn in November.

Brady, Dillard and Rutherford have committed to attend the debate, while Rauner has not yet responded, according to the university.

The debate will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, March 6 in the Dan and Ada Rice Center on the University’s main campus in Lisle.

Tickets are required and a limited number are available and may be reserved on a first-come, first-served basis by contacting or Priya Roberts at 630-829-6460. Tickets will not be issued at the door.

The nonpartisan Center for Civic Leadership (CCL) at Benedictine University regularly invites prominent figures to speak on campus to involve and engage students and the community in multiple issues and topics of public concern, according to a release.

To learn about more upcoming speakers and events sponsored by the CCL, visit

AM 560 “The Answer" is co-sponsoring the debate with Benedictine University and will air a live remote broadcast from 5 to 7 p.m. leading up to the debate featuring former Illinois congressman Joe Walsh. A one-hour post-debate show is scheduled from 9 to 10 p.m.

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