Northern Illinois University to Host Free and Equal U.S. Senatorial Candidate Debate


Free and Equal Elections Foundation
Christina Tobin, Founder & President
Phone: 312-320-4101


U.S. Senatorial Candidate Debate to Take Place at Northern Illinois University.

CHICAGO – Northern Illinois University at DeKalb will host the first U.S. Senatorial candidate debate organized by Free and Equal Elections Foundation, Thursday, August 19, 2010, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., in the Regency Room of the Holmes Student Center. Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity
will sponsor the debate. Free and Equal previously has organized three gubernatorial debates in Illinois, the most recent of which was sponsored in part by Kappa Alpha Psi at Chicago State University.

All candidates who filed enough signatures to appear on the ballot will be invited to participate in the debate, including: Alexi Giannoulias, Democrat; Mark Kirk, Republican; LeAlan Jones, Green; Will Boyd, Independent; Corey Dabney, Independent; Mike Labno, Libertarian; Carl Officer, Practical; and Randy Stufflebeam, Constitution.

“Free and Equal is committed to giving all qualified candidates an equal voice in the debate,” said Christina Tobin, CEO and founder of Free and Equal, who will moderate the debate. “Illinois voters deserve a diversity of choices on the ballot. This all-partisan debate is meant to show the voters the kinds of choices they could and should have in November.”

Free and Equal’s third Illinois gubernatorial debate, that took place in July, was covered by dozens of media outlets, including public radio stations WBEZ in Chicago, WSIU in Carbondale, and WILL in Champaign, along with the Chicago Sun-Times, Southtown Star, Huffington Post, Dekalb
Daily-Chronicle, Chicagoist and the Chicago Tribune Media Group’s ChicagoNow. A live stream of the U.S. Senatorial debate will be available at

“The response to the last debate, from people in attendance and from those watching at home on their computers, has been tremendous,” Tobin said. “There is a hunger out there for more discussion and debate about the substantive issues that we all face. Free and Equal is looking to provide Illinois voters with more opportunities to learn about their political choices.”

Free and Equal has invited guests from NIU and the debate sponsors to further discuss this important U.S. Senatorial debate on Free and Equal’s weekly radio show, Tuesday, August 17, 9 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Free and Equal will continue to organize all-inclusive candidate debates in Illinois and other states throughout this election season. September will kick-off a string of University hosted, student group sponsored and Free and Equal organized candidate debates across California. Additional information regarding California debates will be released as it becomes available.


Free & Equal is a nonpartisan, nonprofit, public-policy advocacy organization dedicated to protecting the rights of the politically marginalized and disenfranchised, particularly those of third party and Independent candidates.