U.S. Rep Bill Foster, D-Naperville, and State Rep. Darlene Senger, R-Naperville, Foster's opponent in the race for Illinois’ 11th Congressional District seat, will be set to square off in a series of debates before the Nov. 4 general election.
Senger previously had criticized Foster for not agreeing to debate her.
"Foster and his 2012 opponent, Judy Biggert, met numerous times during that campaign, but the congressman has yet to accept any formal requests made by the organizations offering public debates," Senger said in a news release.
Senger has accepted debate or forum invitations from The League of Women Voters, The Civic Committee of Carillon Lakes in Crest Hill and the Naperville Area Homeowners Confederation, she said in the release.
Foster said he wants to debate Senger.
"As a scientist and businessman, I have always believed that it is important to have the facts out on the table and an open discussion on the issues so that voters can make an informed decision in every election," Foster said in his own release.
He is challenging Senger to the same debate and forum schedule as he had with Biggert – a joint meeting with the "Chicago Tribune" editorial board, a community forum at Temple Beth Shalom, a debate sponsored by ABC 7 Chicago and the League of Women Voters and a joint appearance on WTTW.