FILE - IL Senator Dick Durbin 11-6-18

Illinois Senator Dick Durbin gives a speech on election night Tuesday, November 6, 2018.

U.S. Senator Dick Durbin says he will once again run for re-election. The announcement comes just days after a state representative from the same party threw her hat in the ring for his seat.

The 74-year-old Springfield Democrat has said he’s "raising money and trying to lose some weight,” joking that’s what most politicians say when they’re running for re-election. But he gave CNN’s John Berman a much more definitive answer Thursday night.

“Are you running for re-election?” Berman asked, to which Durbin simply replied, “Yes.”

Durbin added that it wasn’t a formal announcement.

Incoming state Rep. Anne Stava-Murray, D-Naperville, announced just days before that she was going to run for his seat in 2020 because she expects him to win and then retire, allowing the Illinois Democratic Party to pick who succeeds him.

“I think that there’s a not-so-slim chance that something either happens to Durbin or that Durbin slows down and needs to retire mid-term and then they put an appointment in,” she said. “And then, you’re working against an incumbent, who knows who they might choose, has done a lot of favors and has a lot of money at their disposal.”

The 32-year-old Naperville resident ran on a progressive campaign platform in the 2018 election while clashing with the Democratic establishment, vowing not to support House Speaker Michael Madigan for his poor handling of complaints of sexual harassment in the General Assembly.

Others have compared Stava-Murray’s supposed run against the veteran Democratic Majority Whip to progressive star Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’ upset win over entrenched U.S. Rep. Joseph Crowley.

As of last September, Durbin has $1.7 million in his campaign warchest.

If he’s re-elected, Durbin would be 80 at the end of his term.


Cole Lauterbach reports on Illinois government and statewide issues for INN. Lauterbach has managed and produced shows for news/talk radio stations in both Bloomington/Normal and Peoria, and created award-winning programs for Comcast SportsNet Chicago.

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