Illinois Public Media: Illinois's 13th District Democratic Congressional Debate

Bloomington physician David Gill and Greene County State’s Attorney Matt Goetten, the Democratic candidates running for Congress in the new 13th District, met in the WILL-TV studio for a debate hosted by Illinois Public Media in collaboration with the League of Women Voters of Illinois.


  1. Live Tweeted by Charesse James and Melanie Gibson
  2. Illinois Public Media’s Jim Meadows moderated the debate before a live studio audience, with questions from Patrick Yeagle (@PatYeagle), staff writer for the Illinois Times in Springfield; Jill Disis (@JDisis), editor-in-chief of the Daily Illini; and Allison Petty (@Allison0512), a reporter for the Decatur Herald & Review.

    The hour-long debate was broadcast on WILL-TV and WILL-AM 580 on Wednesday, March 14, with live video streaming on and an accompanying live Internet chat. 
  3. Question One: What would you do while in Congress to reduce the national deficit?
  4. Question Two from Jill Disis: Students find themselves graduating college with a large amount of debt and no jobs. What do you think it would take for the job market to recover, and what would you do while in office to help?
  5. Question Three from Pat Yeagle: What can be done to save money on Medicare?
  6. Follower @BullSpread01 believed that the candidates answers were insufficient, tweeting:
  7. The debate then switched focus from domestic policy to foreign policy - touching upon hot button issues: trade agreements, Iran's nuclear program and troop withdrawal. 
  8. Question Four from Allison Petty: Should the U.S. seek an expansion of free trade agreements?
  9. Question Five from Pat Yeagle: How should the U.S. approach the growing tension between Iran and the Western World?