Democratic US Senate candidates to face off in 3 debates

CHICAGO (AP) — The Illinois Democrats running for U.S. Senate will face off in three debates before the March 15 primary. U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth, state Sen. Napoleon Harris and former Chicago Urban League CEO Andrea Zopp are seeking the Democratic nomination. Their campaigns say they’ll debate Feb. 8 before the Chicago Tribune editorial board and on Feb. 16 before the Chicago Sun-Times editorial board. A third debate sponsored by WLS-TV, Univision and the League of Women Voters of Illinois is tentatively set for Feb. 19. In a statement Wednesday, Zopp’s campaign criticized Duckworth for “ducking debates.” They say Zopp wanted other debates in Chicago, Peoria and Springfield. Duckworth’s campaign declined to comment beyond a statement saying she looks forward to sharing her vision for Illinois.