You can count Illinois’ contenders for U.S. Senate among the Democrats and Republicans who can’t agree on a ban on travel from counties affected by the Ebola outbreak. State Sen. Jim Oberweis (R-Sugar Grove), the Republican candidate for Senate, believes travel between the United States and the countries of Sierra Leone, Guinea, and Liberia should be restricted.

“What I suggested I think is pretty simple: limits on visas, limits on travels from those countries until we are sure that we have some control over that disease,” Oberweis said.


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Durbin says such a ban would prevent medical workers from getting into those countries, and while he admits there’s been too much panic over just a handful of Ebola cases in the United States, he understands why. “People are overreacting, but, sadly, it is a deadly disease,” Durbin said.

Illinois has its own quarantine policy for workers who had high-risk exposure to Ebola patients in Africa, but so far, no one has had to be isolated.

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