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The Illinois candidates for U.S. Senate are sparring over immigration reform and anti-violence policies in their final televised debate ahead of next week's election.

Chicago's WTTW-TV hosted the Wednesday forum for Democratic U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin and Republican challenger state Sen. Jim Oberweis.

Oberweis says the key to reducing violence is creating jobs. Durbin says there's a need for gun control, particularly assault weapons.

Durbin is the second-ranking Democrat in the U.S. Senate and is seeking a fourth term. Oberweis is a dairy magnate from Sugar Grove and was elected to the state Senate in 2012.

Durbin says Oberweis is too extreme for Illinois and says his experience in Washington has helped deliver billions in federal funding for Illinois. But Oberweis claims Durbin is a career politician who's lost touch.




P.J. Harrigan



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