Gov. Pat Quinn won't debate his lone Democratic challenger ahead of next month's primary.
Activist Tio Hardiman wrote Quinn a letter requesting debates ahead of March 18, saying the public "deserves a serious debate."
Quinn campaign spokeswoman Leslie Wertheimer said Friday she hadn't seen the letter but no debates were to "take place."
Hardiman, a Hillside resident, faces an uphill battle.
Records for the most recent quarter show Quinn's campaign has $4.5 million in the bank, compared with $550 for Hardiman, who's mostly self-financed.
He's been active in anti-violence efforts but doesn't have statewide name recognition or party backing.
Hardiman insists he'll run a credible campaign.
The Republican gubernatorial candidates are participating in numerous debates. They are Treasurer Dan Rutherford, businessman Bruce Rauner and state Sens. Kirk Dillard and Bill Brady.