Once again, U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin gave an impassioned speech Thursday morning before the Illinois delegation at the Democratic National Convention, sounding more like a candidate for governor than ever.
He confirmed reporting by “Chicago Tonight” that he would make a decision on entering the race after the November election, saying he’d consult with his wife and make a formal announcement.
“I don’t want to be coy about this, but I’m not going to announce now,” he said.
Durbin forcefully condemned the tenure and philosophy of Gov. Bruce Rauner in his speech.
“The cardinal sin, or mortal sin, is what he’s tried to do to our state,” Durbin said, touting his credentials as someone who is familiar with the entire state of Illinois. “I’m from downstate. Loretta and I raised our kids in Springfield. Over the last 20 some years, we’ve enjoyed making Chicago our primary home away from D.C. I consider it the greatest city in the world.
“We cannot allow any politician to divide this state. We must stand together.”
Thursday morning's breakfast also featured speeches from U.S. Reps. Jan Schakowsky and Mike Quigley, and Kim Foxx, Democratic candidate for Cook County State’s Attorney.
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July 28: Largely absent from proceedings at the Democratic National Convention so far, Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Thursday appeared before the Illinois delegation at a breakfast event on the convention’s final day.
July 27: While many in his party are already looking ahead to 2018, Illinois Senate President John Cullerton says he’s focusing on the upcoming November election and growing Democratic majorities in Illinois.
July 26: Once again, the buzz among the Illinois Democratic delegation at breakfast Tuesday was the 2018 race for governor–and finding a challenger to take on Gov. Bruce Rauner.
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