State Sen. Jim Oberweis wants to challenge U.S. Sen Dick Durbin in next year's election.
According to the Chicago Sun-Times:
SPRINGFIELD — State Sen. Jim Oberweis, a five-time electoral loser before winning a state Senate seat last year, said Wednesday he will take on U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin next year if he can gather enough signatures from voters by December.
Oberweis, 67, made his announcement at a Statehouse rally staged by the Illinois Family Institute to build opposition to legislation that would legalize same-sex marriage, a measure Oberweis opposes.
“Several people have asked me today if I’m going to run for the U.S. Senate against Dick Durbin. The short answer is if we get enough petitions signed to file in time, I will be there as a candidate to retire him permanently,” Oberweis said, drawing a loud cheer from the crowd.
There is a fairly minimal threshold Oberweis must meet in order to be on next year’s Republican ballot.
To run for U.S. Senate, he would have to gather a minimum of 5,000 signatures from registered voters and submit no more than 10,000 signatures by Dec. 2.