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Track record of congressional promises

CHAMPAIGN -- Chances are you'll hear a lot of promises at Thursday night's final debate for the 13th Congressional District.
CHAMPAIGN -- Chances are you'll hear a lot of promises at Thursday night's final debate for the 13th Congressional District. Candidates will be going head-to-head for your vote.

A UI professor researched whether or not those promises will actually happen. Tracy Sulkin wrote a book titled, The Legislative Legacy of Congressional Campaigns.

In it, she asks the age old question, should we believe candidates when they make promises in campaign ads? She says, very often, yes, we can believe them.

She researched congressional candidates' campaign ads over several recent elections. She found their campaigns become reality while in office, especially in the bills they introduce and co-sponsor.
But, not everyone agrees.

You'll get to decide for yourself. Thursday night's debate airs at 7:00 pm on WCIX. WCIA-3 News' Dave Benton will moderate the debate. Plans from all three candidates will be the topic of discussion.
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