JOLIET – The Cantigny VFW mayoral debate was set to start airing at 5 p.m. Wednesday on JCTV's Channel 6.
The lead-up to the debate was arguably more controversial than what was actually said during the two-hour forum held March 12 at the Cantigny VFW hall.
JCTV President Dick Schuster said he first received a DVD of the debate about 11:40 a.m. Wednesday and got it ready for its first airing at 5 p.m. that day.
The debate was scheduled to air again at 10 p.m. Wednesday, Schuster said. On Thursday and Friday, it will air at 5 a.m., 10:13 a.m., 5 p.m. and 10 p.m.
The debate stirred a controversy when Schuster opted not to film it because Mayor Tom Giarrante decided not to attend because he believed it was slanted against him. The other two candidates – Councilman Bob O'Dekirk and Andy Mihelich, chairman of the Joliet Junior College board – did participate.
Another JCTV volunteer filmed the debate but never sent the tape in to be aired.
Volunteer Julia Alexander said Wednesday that she had asked O'Dekirk's campaign to send in its tape of the debate because there was a problem with the sound on her recording.
The controversy flared up again this week when O'Dekirk said the tape was sent and Schuster said he never got it.
O'Dekirk said Wednesday that he would turn in "another copy" to JCTV. Schuster said he never received a previous copy but he got two Wednesday.