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Illinois offers debate competition in the following types of debate: Policy, Congress, Lincoln-Douglas, and Public Forum Debate. Use the links to the side of this webpage to find specific information about Illinois Debate Tournaments. If you have any questions about starting a new team or about tournaments themselves, please contact Martin Zacharia at 

2022-23 State Final Results 

Lincoln Douglas 

Lincoln Douglas Championship Round 

Policy - Policy Speaker 

Public Forum 

Public Forum Championship Round 

Student Congress

Invitational Debate Information 

Interested in judging debate?  Contact Martin Zacharia at for details and information.  



NFHS Policy Debate Topic Selection Information 

NFHS Selects “Economic Inequality” as 2023-24 National High School Policy Debate Topic

2023-24 Topic Synopsis

2023-24 Final Topic Synopsis/Ballot

Policy Debate Quarterly 


Intellectual Property Rights and Nuclear Weapons Reduction are the final choices for the 2024-2025 National Debate Topic

2024-2025 national high school policy debate topic results graph


The results are in and organizations across the country have collectively chosen four novice case limits for the upcoming 2024-2025 HS Policy Debate Topic (Intellectual Property Rights); Resolved: The United States federal government should significantly strengthen its protection of domestic intellectual property rights in copyrights, patents, and/or trademarks.

Novice Case Limits for the 2024-2025 HS Policy Debate Topic: Intellectual Property Rights

  • Patents: Emerging Technologies
  • Patents: Green Technology
  • Copyrights: Protect the Creative Arts
  • Trademarks: Trademark Trolls