Sixteen months away from Election Day, some of Illinois’ congressional races are in the national spotlight.U.S. Rep. William Enyart (D-Belleville) might face a challenge from State Rep. Mike Bost (R-Murphysboro) in Southern Illinois, and U.S. Rep. Brad Schneider (D-Deerfield) might get a re-match against former Congressman Robert Dold up north, and early polls show these would be tight races worthy of national interest.
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U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) assesses the situation for the incumbents: “They’re newly elected and running for their first re-election, which is always the toughest challenge. It’s an off-year election, so they can’t take it for granted. The good news is, on our (Democratic) side, that both congressmen Schneider and Enyart (are) raising money, organizing. They know what it takes,” he said.
Durbin also will be on the ballot in 2014, and he says he’ll do what he can to pull these guys across the finish line.
U.S. Reps. Cheri Bustos (D-East Moline), Tammy Duckworth (D-Hoffman Estates) and Bill Foster (D-Naperville), all of whom defeated Republicans in 2012, appear to be more comfortably positioned, but Durbin says he is not ready to assume that they are in the clear.