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WSIU Election Special | 59th Illinois Senate

This broadcast features the two candidates running in the 59th Illinois Senate District. Incumbent Democratic Senator Gary Forby of Benton and Republican challenger Mark Minor of Ewing are interviewed by Jak Tichenor of WSIU Public Television, Jennifer Fuller of WSIU Radio, and Caleb Hale of the Southern Illinoisan.

The candidates will share their views on Governor Pat Quinn's decision to close the Tamms Correctional Center and other local state facilities, dealing with the state's $83-billion unfunded pension liability, balancing the state budget, fracking, and the future of concealed carry legislation in Illinois.

Senator Forby, a Franklin County farmer and small business owner, served in the Illinois House of Representatives from 2001-2003 and has represented the 59th Senate District in Springfield since 2003.

Minor has served as pastor of Whittington Church in Whittington, Illinois for over 30 years and is currently President of the Benton Consolidated High School Board and the Franklin-Jefferson Special Education District Governing Board.

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