U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) gets another six years.
Durbin won his election by 339,000 votes over Republican State Sen. Jim Oberweis (R-Sugar Grove), 53 percent to 43 percent.
He says he wants to do what the people want. “They want a decent paycheck. They want to see an increase in the minimum wage. They want to make sure that they have the peace of mind of having health insurance when somebody in their family is sick. They want to make sure their kids can go to college and not be burdened with an impossible debt for the rest of their lives,” Durbin said in a speech to campaign supporters at the Westin River North Hotel in Chicago.
Oberweis commented on his campaign: “We did what we could to hold Dick Durbin accountable in this race, and we’re certainly proud of that,” he said at a gathering of supporters at an Oberweis Dairy location in Glen Ellyn. Oberweis has a political career dating to 2002, and including primaries, he has a record now of four wins and six losses.
Durbin is only the second man in Illinois history elected to the Senate four times.
The environment for Durbin will be different once the new Congress is seated: Democrats lost their majority, as Republicans appeared to gain nine seats across the country.