NAPERVILLE - The topic of debates has become a source of contention between incumbent Congressman Bill Foster and his challenger, State Rep. Darlene Senger. Foster has agreed to a joint endorsement session with the Tribune, a debate sponsored by ABC 7 and the League of Women Voters, and a joint appearance on WTTW.
Senger is calling for the Congressman to face off at more public accessible settings, as well.
“I am happy to see that Congressman Foster has finally come around to having a discussion about the issues we face here in Illinois and as a nation, but the citizens of the 11th District deserve more than a closed room interview with reporters,” said Senger. “The Citizens of the 11th District deserve the right to sit face to face with both Congressman Foster and myself as we discuss the real issues facing them and ask any questions they may have.”
Foster has agreed to the closed settings and is willing to do a community forum at Temple Beth Shalom, although Senger has yet to be invited. Foster, who is serving his first term after defeating incumbent Congresswoman Judy Biggert in 2012, has not agreed to a similar event at North Central College.
Senger has now accepted debate or forum invitations from The League of Women Voters, The Civic Committee of Carillon Lakes in Crest Hill, IL and of Plainfield, IL (two, 55+ communities, within the district that comprise of over 5,000 registered voters), the Naperville Area Homeowners Confederation, and WTTW’s Chicago Tonight.