Schilling, Bustos square off in Thursday night debate

Originally Posted Online: Oct. 11, 2012, 6:26 pm
Last Updated: Oct. 11, 2012, 7:18 pm
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U.S. Rep. Bobby Schilling, R-Colona, and his Democrat opponent, Cheri Bustos, of East Moline, have ended their live debate over issues of importance in the 17th Congressional District.

The half-hour debate began at 6:30 p.m. Thursday and was shown live on WQAD News 8 and on An archive video will be available later Thursday night at, which also includes the text of a live blog held during and after the debate.

The event was presented by WQAD and The Dispatch and The Rock Island Argus. Jim Mertens of WQAD is the debate moderator.

A full report on the debate will be posted this evening on and The full story on the debate also will be published in Friday's editions of The Dispatch and The Rock Island Argus.


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