Capitol Fax.com - Your Illinois News Radar » Now, that’s a lede
SUBSCRIBE to Capitol Fax      Advertise Here      Mobile Version     Exclusive Subscriber Content     Updated Posts    Contact
CapitolFax.com
To subscribe to Capitol Fax, click here.
Now, that’s a lede

Thursday, Aug 28, 2014

* I don’t know Kim Geiger at the Tribune, but I sure like her style. Check out this lede

State Sen. Jim Oberweis, who won the Republican primary for U.S. Senate this year without facing his opponent in a single televised debate, found himself on the other side of that issue Wednesday as Sen. Dick Durbin agreed to meet him in just one TV debate before the Nov. 4 election.

She put that relevant and admittedly zinging context right up top. Good stuff. More

It was not long ago that Oberweis, himself fairly well-known in Republican political circles, rebuffed invitations to debate his primary opponent, first-time candidate Doug Truax. Oberweis and Truax met for only one debate, which was not broadcast beyond the retirement community where it took place.

Oof.

* But, Sen. Durbin really ought to agree to more than one televised debate. C’mon, dude, you’re a big boy. Start acting like it

Oberweis, a Republican businessman from Sugar Grove, had proposed seven televised debates between himself and Durbin, a veteran lawmaker and the Senate’s second-ranking Democrat.

Durbin’s campaign countered by offering what it described as four joint appearances, including one TV debate, a radio debate, a meeting with the Chicago Tribune Editorial Board and a candidate forum with downstate farmers.

- Posted by Rich Miller        

23 Comments
  1. - Anon - Thursday, Aug 28, 14 @ 8:43 am:

    Oberweis has the usual double standard: No televised debates when he’s ahead, but demanding seven when he’s behind. Why should Durbin give Oberweis any more debates than the Milkman gave his primary opponent?


  2. - OneMan - Thursday, Aug 28, 14 @ 8:52 am:

    Debating Oberweis gives no advantage to Durbin, only risks, so why do it.


  3. - wordslinger - Thursday, Aug 28, 14 @ 8:53 am:

    Oberweis was wise to not give the no-money Truax any free exposure. He had a lot going for him for a GOP primary (Truax got more primary votes than Rauner).

    But turnabout is a fair play. Durbin’s just playing the cards he was deal well.


  4. - lake county democrat - Thursday, Aug 28, 14 @ 8:59 am:

    I’m not sure I care for the zing - sure, Oberweis is a flaming hypocrit, but how does that make Durbin’s petty offer good for the average voter? I’m all for including the zing, but the focus should be kept on us.


  5. - Shore - Thursday, Aug 28, 14 @ 9:03 am:

    this is a 6 year gig he’s reapplying for, you need at least a half dozen debates and durbin’s been in dc for 30 years if he can’t handle it he needs to go. If you’re oberweis you do the research find out how many debates obama did in 04 and durbin and paul simon did and say if you/they did all of these why are you afraid now?


  6. - CircularFiringSquad - Thursday, Aug 28, 14 @ 9:04 am:

    Give ChopperJim some debates and the media can egg him into some stupid response that will sink the ticket


  7. - walker - Thursday, Aug 28, 14 @ 9:05 am:

    I criticized Rauner for pretending that the Tribune meeting was counted as a debate.

    Turnabout is fair play — Durbin has agreed to three (not four), debates, including with downstate farmers, which should be Oberweis’ home turf in some sense. This is as good as Obie is going to get.


  8. - Oswego Willy - Thursday, Aug 28, 14 @ 9:05 am:

    Oberweis has to understand, you set a precedent, it might be embraced by his opponent.

    Durbin “should” agree” to a Chicago debate, a Central IL debate, and a Southern IL/Metro East/Marion debate.

    Three.

    Durbin should, but if he doesn’t, I understand.

    No use crying over spilled milk, Oberweis, you “own” the one debate idea. Congratulations.


  9. - Norseman - Thursday, Aug 28, 14 @ 9:15 am:

    === a meeting with the Chicago Tribune Editorial Board ===

    What is it with these candidates who think this is a valid alternative to a debate available to the public?


  10. - VanillaMan - Thursday, Aug 28, 14 @ 9:18 am:

    I don’t want to hear or see Oberweis debating anyone - especially Durbin. He wouldn’t stand a chance.


  11. - Robert the Bruce - Thursday, Aug 28, 14 @ 9:26 am:

    I’m disappointed that neither Quinn nor Oberweis has proposed a debate in the comments section on this blog.


  12. - F.B. - Thursday, Aug 28, 14 @ 9:26 am:

    Totally understandable, from a pure strategy standpoint, why Durbin wants to limit debates. But give Oberweis’ history of making controversial statements, I can’t help but think more debates increases the chances of Oberweis saying something stupid that puts his GOP ticket-mates in a bad spot and helps fire up the Dem base. Then again, Oberweis has been more disciplined this time around.


  13. - phocion - Thursday, Aug 28, 14 @ 9:34 am:

    Durbin should give the baby his bottle. Otherwise he will look bad and the media will make it an issue. Besides, Durbin can out-debate Oberweis any time, any day.


  14. - MrJM - Thursday, Aug 28, 14 @ 9:48 am:

    For those so inclined, Kim Geiger is on Twitter: https://twitter.com/kimgeiger

    – MrJM


  15. - Jechislo - Thursday, Aug 28, 14 @ 10:01 am:

    “Debating Oberweis gives no advantage to Durbin, only risks, so why do it.”

    Mr. D may only be covering his bases, or maybe he’s slightly worried………


  16. - Ghost - Thursday, Aug 28, 14 @ 10:30 am:

    political karma.


  17. - A guy... - Thursday, Aug 28, 14 @ 11:05 am:

    Primaries and Generals are different. Those “in the middle” folks probably care more about debates that are not intramural. Durbin should agree to a few, but he’s in the driver’s seat and can accept as many or as few or even none. Everything has some risk. Zero and One aren’t too far apart. I’d do a few if I were Durbin. His greatest risk is a tide against his party. He could actually help the party by stemming that tide with a few good performances.


  18. - Cheryl44 - Thursday, Aug 28, 14 @ 12:16 pm:

    I wouldn’t debate him at all. I would be afraid of catching the crazies from Oberweis.


  19. - AlabamaShake - Thursday, Aug 28, 14 @ 3:17 pm:

    I’m not sure why Durbin won’t debate Oberweis. Having seen Oberweis at work in Springfield, if I were Durbin, I would ask for as many debates as possible, all televised.

    The more people see of Oberweis, the less impressed they will be.


  20. - Responsa - Thursday, Aug 28, 14 @ 5:13 pm:

    I get depressed anew every time I think of who the two candidates are running for senate this year. Durbin’s been in D.C. too long. Waaaay too long. He is stale and focuses too much on his party leadership responsibilities and being on TV, while being increasingly disconnected from his state and its citizens. Oberweis pure and simple is not the the right guy for this time in history.

    For the winner it’s a six year gig. Bummer.


  21. - Anonymous - Thursday, Aug 28, 14 @ 8:05 pm:

    an opening act at the gov debate?(doubleheader)


  22. - outta dodge - Thursday, Aug 28, 14 @ 8:19 pm:

    Responds you nailed it they are both awful durbin needed to go 6 years ago. Brutal


  23. - out and about - Thursday, Aug 28, 14 @ 8:43 pm:

    Guess good government dictates more debates but no statagist worth his salt would allow it. Besides. Durbin dont like. The milk man


Sorry, comments for this post are now closed.


* Rauner vetoes anti-Crosscheck bill
* *** UPDATED x1 *** SUBSCRIBERS ONLY - Campaign stuff
* Rauner says he's "extremely troubled" by Trump's "defense of the Russians"
* *** UPDATED x1 *** Our sorry state
* Question of the day
* Grade inflation
* C'mon, November...
* Because... Madigan!
* Rauner: "I will never sign a bill that violates the Second Amendment"
* Rate Rauner's new ad: "Just Call Madigan"
* Pritzker reports spending almost three times as much as Rauner
* Your feel-good Illinois story of the day: Nichols Paint and Fab
* *** LIVE COVERAGE ***
* SUBSCRIBERS ONLY - Today's edition of Capitol Fax
* Yesterday's stories

Support CapitolFax.com
Visit our advertisers...

...............

...............

...............

...............
<


Loading


* Rauner signs Quincy Veterans' Home bills..
* Rauner: President should blame Russians for hac.....
* Rauner vetoes anti-Crosscheck bill..
* Rauner signs laws to speed up Quincy vets' .....
* Governor in Effingham to Sign Term Limits Pledge..
* Pritzker spent nearly $11 million on advertisin.....
* Rauner vetoes bill that would have changed poli.....
* Pritzker Burning Through Money Almost 3 Times A.....
* Rauner vetoes bill that would have altered Metr.....
* Rauner says he's “extremely troubled” by Tr.....


* Rauner signs laws to speed up Quincy vets’ home construction
* States: Workaround succeeding after cut in health subsidies
* UI settles lawsuit against alumnus for $7.5K
* State lawmakers accused of harassment are running for office
* Benedictine hopes to sell Springfield campus for $3M
* 4-year-old boy found dead after central Illinois house fire
* Excerpts from recent editorials in newspapers in Illinois
* Peoria pulls plug on contentious riverfront apartments plan
* Judge: Trial in Laquan McDonald shooting to start Sept. 5
* NTSB eyes engine failure in Chicago medical helicopter crash

* Rauner: President Trump should blame Russians for hacking
* Rauner signs laws to speed up Quincy veterans' home construction
* U of I paying alum $7,500 to halt sales of Chief Illiniwek T-shirt
* Rauner's campaign spent nearly $8 million last quarter. Pritzker's spent more than double that.
* Gov. Rauner signs two gun control bills, says he'll veto another
* Rauner signs bill to ease physician assistant hiring
* Londrigan outraises Davis in 2nd quarter; Davis has more in fund
* Rauner doesn't want Illinois pulled from multistate voter registration system
* Gov. Rauner signs two gun control bills
* Londrigan outraises Davis in 3rd quarter; Davis has more in fund

* Boeing sees budget-airline surge driving $15 trillion market
* Abbott's next-generation device to treat leaky heart valves gets FDA OK
* CIBC shutters third-largest Illinois branch following buyout of PrivateBancorp
* These health officials see marijuana as an alternative to opioids
* U.S. to make more drugs easily available, cutting role docs play


* ‘He’s a trip’: Inside look at why the Bears have a special coach in Vic Fangio
* City exceeding $250 maximum penalty against thousands of motorists, lawsuit says
* Manny Machado feels ‘blessed’ by trade talk
* Even with cap space, help might not be on the way for the Blackhawks
* Heart condition led to CFD diver Juan Bucio’s death: autopsy
* Transcript: President Trump on ‘need for some clarification’ of Helsinki remarks
* Why traditional credit scores still matter
* Woman charged with fatal hit-and-run crash near 69th Street Red Line
* White House Transcript: Trump said he misspoke at Putin press conference
* Lab-grown meat could be in restaurants in 3 years


* Charles Weigel, former Elmhurst mayor, dies
* Lake Zurich Boy Scouts praised after helping crash victims during South Dakota hiking trip
* New dockless bike-sharing program could debut in Oak Park in 2019, officials say
* Girl rescued from Crystal Lake swim beach, flown to hospital after being found unresponsive
* Police: Child wasn't at West Side home where cops were in standoff
* Al Capone bootleg brewery in South Loop set for demolition
* Waukegan takes out loan to pay off $9.5 million wrongful conviction settlement
* Did Bryce Harper cheat in the Home Run Derby? Some Cubs fans think so.
* You'll be a happy camper if you vote in the Tweet of the Week poll
* Papa John's founder: Stepping down as chairman a 'mistake'


» Vallas Returns Campaign Cash From Controversial Donor Tied To CPS Scandal
» Biometric Data Lawsuit Reaches IL Supreme Court; Electronic Monitoring Devices; HPV Vaccines
» Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner Signs Two Bills Aimed at Reducing Gun Violence
» July 16, 2018 - Full Show
» CHA Seniors File Complaint Over Missing Grab Bars
» Cook County Commissioners Confounded By Hiring Of Health System Consultant
» Third Party Candidates for Governor; Student Loans & Retirement Saving; New Illinois Made Makers
» CPD Officer Shoots And Kills Man In South Shore
» Durbin Says He Hasn't Taken Position on SCOTUS Pick — Also Has Doubts About Election Security
» Look Inside The Renovated Governor's Mansion


* Rauner: President Trump should blame Russians for hacking
* Rauner signs laws to speed up Quincy veterans' home construction
* U of I paying alum $7,500 to halt sales of Chief Illiniwek T-shirt
* Rauner's campaign spent nearly $8 million last quarter. Pritzker's spent more than double that.
* EJ Dionne: Will the blue wave start in Jersey?
* Their View: 'Everybody needed to know what happened to Emmett Till'
* Gov. Rauner signs two gun control bills, says he'll veto another
* Rauner signs bill to ease physician assistant hiring
* Londrigan outraises Davis in 2nd quarter; Davis has more in fund
* Rauner doesn't want Illinois pulled from multistate voter registration system


* Five at 5: Shooting victim testifies at attempted murder trial and 4 other stories to see
* Granite City man who was charged with murder is caught
* Folk singer Ray LaMontagne is coming to Davenport this fall
* UI athletics gets $1 million donation
* Video: Rock Island Co. Courthouse deadly tree incident
* Community mourns death of white businessman who stayed in East St. Louis after many left
* Several rural Southern Illinois fire departments get equipment grants from Fire Marshal
* Boil order lifted in Murphysboro
* Carbondale Walmart remodels, donates $20K to Honor Flight
* Feeling sick? A contagious stomach virus is spreading across Illinois, doctors warn.


* Plainfield man gets 12 life sentences for sexually abusing two children
* Wheaton man who assaulted woman could be free by year's end
* Costs lower than expected for new St. Charles police station
* Gabe Rivera, Texas Tech star left paralyzed, dies at 57
* Unresponsive girl, 6, rescued from water in Crystal Lake

* Brevities for July 17, 2018
* Local Congress members react to Trump-Puti...
* Joy, Tampico getting more than $5M in wate...
* Gillibrand in Chicago boosting Pritzker, U...
* Republicans, including Davis, raise big bu...
* Reps. Mark Walker & Rodney Davis
*
Metro East Republicans in Congress raise b...
* Londrigan outraises Davis in 2nd quarter; ...
* Londrigan Claims Momentum After Outraising...
* Letter to the Editor | Nomination is all a...

* Senators considering what their options ar......
* The question that could end Brett Kavanaug......
* Duckworth, Durbin announce over $1 million......
* Illinois Lawmakers Slam Trump's Helsin......
* Illinois communities to receive million do......

* Democratic socialism can succeed in the Mi......
* Congressional candidate seeks another boos......
* This Chicago Startup Makes It Easy To Mail......
* Duckworth, Durbin announce over $1 million......
* Illinois Lawmakers Slam Trump's Helsin......

* Emmett Till.
* What’s in your wallet?
* The Week In Chicago Rock
* The [Tuesday] Papers
* CBS Chicago: Protests Continue Over Police-Involved Shooting
* When High School Officials Suppress Students' Free Speech
* The Ex-Cub Factor
* Surprise FCC Move Maims Sinclair-Tribune Merger
* The [Thursday] Papers
* Rauner’s I.C.E. investments and Rahm’s polling numbers. Lightfoot positioned to force a run-off.


* Illinois Department of Human Rights Releases Important New Guidebook for Housing Providers
* Illinois State Fire Marshal announces $2.2 million in grants for fire safety
* Gov. Rauner vetoes SB 2368
* Governor takes bill action
* Gov. Rauner signs Quincy Veterans' Home bills

  
* Twitter says it doesn’t ‘have the bandwidth’ to fix verification right now
* The next generation of VR headsets will connect over a single USB-C cable
* Nest CEO steps down as division is brought under the Google Home team
* Fans pay homage to Drake by hurling themselves from moving cars
* White Oppo Find X leaks ahead of possible unveiling
* The US government has trouble keeping track of radioactive material
* Undercover Facebook moderator was instructed not to remove fringe groups or hate speech

* White Sox Rumors: Where Manny Machado will most likely land
* Slugger Isaias Tejeda rejoins York Revolution, but team loses relie...
* Revolution pitcher Devan Watts has is contract purchased by the Chi...
* Craig Kimbrel's long beard: Boston Red Sox closer has no plans ...
* MLB local ratings flat from last year through first half, Milwaukee...
* White Sox MiLB Report: Winston-Salem Wins With Walk-Off Gran...
* White Sox's Avisail Garcia: Could be activated Friday


Main Menu
Home
Illinois
YouTube
Pundit rankings
Obama
Subscriber Content
Durbin
Burris
Blagojevich Trial
Advertising
Updated Posts
Polls

Archives
July 2018
June 2018
May 2018
April 2018
March 2018
February 2018
January 2018
December 2017
November 2017
October 2017
September 2017
August 2017
July 2017
June 2017
May 2017
April 2017
March 2017
February 2017
January 2017
December 2016
November 2016
October 2016
September 2016
August 2016
July 2016
June 2016
May 2016
April 2016
March 2016
February 2016
January 2016
December 2015
November 2015
October 2015
September 2015
August 2015
July 2015
June 2015
May 2015
April 2015
March 2015
February 2015
January 2015
December 2014
November 2014
October 2014
September 2014
August 2014
July 2014
June 2014
May 2014
April 2014
March 2014
February 2014
January 2014
December 2013
November 2013
October 2013
September 2013
August 2013
July 2013
June 2013
May 2013
April 2013
March 2013
February 2013
January 2013
December 2012
November 2012
October 2012
September 2012
August 2012
July 2012
June 2012
May 2012
April 2012
March 2012
February 2012
January 2012
December 2011
November 2011
October 2011
September 2011
August 2011
July 2011
June 2011
May 2011
April 2011
March 2011
February 2011
January 2011
December 2010
November 2010
October 2010
September 2010
August 2010
July 2010
June 2010
May 2010
April 2010
March 2010
February 2010
January 2010
December 2009
November 2009
October 2009
September 2009
August 2009
July 2009
June 2009
May 2009
April 2009
March 2009
February 2009
January 2009
December 2008
November 2008
October 2008
September 2008
August 2008
July 2008
June 2008
May 2008
April 2008
March 2008
February 2008
January 2008
December 2007
November 2007
October 2007
September 2007
August 2007
July 2007
June 2007
May 2007
April 2007
March 2007
February 2007
January 2007
December 2006
November 2006
October 2006
September 2006
August 2006
July 2006
June 2006
May 2006
April 2006
March 2006
February 2006
January 2006
December 2005
April 2005
March 2005
February 2005
January 2005
December 2004
November 2004
October 2004

Blog*Spot Archives
November 2005
October 2005
September 2005
August 2005
July 2005
June 2005
May 2005

Syndication

RSS Feed 2.0
Comments RSS 2.0
WordPress




Hosted by MCS SUBSCRIBE to Capitol Fax Advertise Here Mobile Version Contact Rich Miller