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GOP candidates for lieutenant governor to debate

Published: Thursday, March 6, 2014 11:44 a.m. CDT
(AP Photo/Kiichiro Sato, File)
FILE - In this Sept. 5, 2013 file photo, attorney Steve Kim, right, speaks during a news conference in Chicago after Republican gubernatorial candidate, state Treasurer Dan Rutherford, left, introduced Kim as his running mate. Kim and the other three GOP candidates for Illinois lieutenant governor are facing off for the first and only time in a debate Thursday night, March 6, 2014 in Chicago ahead of the March 18 primary.

CHICAGO — The four Republican candidates for Illinois lieutenant governor are facing off for the first and only time ahead of the March 18 primary.

The event is Thursday at Chicago's WTTW-TV.

This year, lieutenant governor candidates are running as a team with a gubernatorial candidate. Lawmakers made the change after embarrassing revelations about the 2010 Democratic nominee surfaced.

The lieutenant governor candidates are Northbrook attorney Steve Kim, who's running with Treasurer Dan Rutherford (ROOTH'-ur-furd); former Long Grove Village President Maria Rodriguez, who is state Sen. Bill Brady's pick; Wheaton City Councilwoman Evelyn Sanguinetti, who's teamed up with businessman Bruce Rauner (ROW'-nur); and state Rep. Jil Tracy of Quincy, who's running with state Sen. Kirk Dillard.

Three lieutenant governor candidates debated last month. Sanguinetti didn't attend.

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