The candidates in Illinois’ U.S. Senate race have different takes on what will happen if the Republicans take the Senate majority.

U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) says he doesn’t think it would result in more bills getting passed because of the influence the Tea Party has had on blocking legislation.

“It took them three years to call a bipartisan farm bill, which every farm group in Illinois supported and I voted for,” Durbin said.


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State Sen. Jim Oberweis (R-Sugar Grove), the Republican nominee, claimed having a Republican majority in both houses of Congress would break the gridlock, not make it worse.

“We as Republicans would be forced to work with the president going forward to get the best legislation,” Oberweis said, “and I truly believe that bipartisan legislation is usually the very best legislation that we can pass.”

Oberweis said Durbin deserves blame for the lack of bills moving through Congress due to his role as the No. 2 man in the Senate. 

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