Republican U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk and Democratic challenger Tammy Duckworth meet for their third and final debate on Friday night in Chicago.
The debate will be held at 7 p.m. at the studios of WLS-Ch. 7 and is co-sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Illinois and Univision Chicago. It will air live on the station’s digital channel, 7.2, and be streamed. It will be broadcast later that night on ABC-Ch. 7 at 10:35 and will be replayed Sunday at 10 a.m. on WGBO-Ch. 66 and Univision America-AM 1200.
The final face-to-face meeting comes little more than a week after the pair appeared at a Springfield forum in which Kirk later apologized to Duckworth, a two-term congresswoman from Hoffman Estates, for questioning her family’s heritage and military history.
Kirk, who severely trails Duckworth in fundraising, is widely viewed as the most vulnerable Republican seeking re-election to the Senate this year. (Rick Pearson)
What’s on tap
*There’s a parade for a certain championship baseball team that plays on the North Side. It starts at 10 a.m. It is likely to suck up all of the news oxygen today.
*Running to win: U.S. Rep. Cheri Bustos is among female athletes featured in Sports Illustrated’s Campus Rush in a story examining the correlation between women who left the playing field for the political arena.
Bustos, a Democrat who represents the 17th Congressional District in the state’s northwestern corner, played volleyball and basketball while attending Illinois College in Jacksonville. Now she’s the shortstop for the Congressional Women’s Softball Team.
The women in the story said sports taught them to be competitive, show teamwork and not to stew after defeat.
Another Illinoisan in the piece: Susana Mendoza, a Democrat running for Illinois comptroller who was all-conference in soccer at what’s now known as Truman State University in Missouri. She’s now Chicago city clerk.
In the past, SI says, women were left on the sidelines in politics and sports. The magazine noted that in 1961, the Amateur Athletic Union barred women from road races after “fringe opponents” worried “that a woman might run so hard, and so fast, her uterus could just fall out.” (Katherine Skiba)
*The Sunday Spin: On this week’s show, Chicago Tribune political reporter Rick Pearson will host a pre-election roundtable featuring David Yepsen, retired director of the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale; former state Republican chairman Pat Brady; and Bob Secter, director of investigations at the Better Government Association. The “Sunday Spin” airs from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. on WGN-AM 720.
Follow the money
*Speaker Michael Madigan’s Democratic Majority Fund sent $100,000 to Rep. John Bradley of Marion. He faces Republican challenger Dave Severin in a contest that has surpassed $3 million.
*The same Madigan fund also shipped $350,000 to Katie Stuart, who’s challenging Republican Rep. Dwight Kay of Glen Carbon near St. Louis.
*If you missed it earlier this week, here’s our online treatment of the targeted Illinois House and Senate districts (now with maps).
*Track Illinois campaign contributions in real time here and here.