WASHINGTON--Both Illinois Senate nominees, Republican Rep. Mark Kirk and Democrat Alexi Giannoulias, the state treasurer, will appear at a Monday forum in Chicago sponsored by the Metropolitan Planning Council.
The candidates will each address questions dealing with, according to the MPC, "achieving livable communities, improving coordination among federal agencies, maximizing the next federal surface transportation bill, and implementing the region's 2040 growth and development plan."
The event, at the Hyatt Regency Chicago is not a debate. Kirk and Giannoulias will each discuss the sustainable communities issues in separate conversations. I will be the moderator at the first forum of the general election 2010 cycle where both Kirk and Giannoulias will be on the same stage (not at the same time) focusing on a specific set of issues. (After he speaks, Giannoulias has to dash off for his fund-raiser with Vice President Biden.)
From the MPC: "In Illinois -- which has a structural deficit estimated at $12.8 billion, among the highest foreclosure rates in the nation, and an infamous reputation for political shenanigans -- voters are weary and wary. They have the opportunity, in 2010, to elect both a new U.S. Senator and Governor. Before they do, they want to know where the candidates stand on the issues that are essential to the ongoing economic and environmental health of our state and country."