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U.S. Senate Candidate Forum

Incumbent Democratic U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin and Republican challenger Jim Oberweis go head-to-head in Chicago Tonight’s Senate Forum.

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Chicago Tonight invited Jim Oberweis, the Republican candidate for U.S. Senate, to appear on tonight’s show, but he declined our invitation.

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As the latest polls show the race between Sen.  Dick Durbin and his challenger Jim Oberweis tightening, the long-serving Illinois senator joins us to discuss the Senate race, congressional dysfunction, and other hot-button issues.

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As student loan debt spirals out of control, U.S. Sen. Richard Durbin pushes legislation to lower interest rates and save individual borrowers thousands. 

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Welcome to Chicago Tonight’s online coverage of the 2014 race for the U.S. Senate. You can read profiles of the candidates, view timelines of their careers, and catch all of their appearances on Chicago Tonight.

Wednesday, Oct. 22: U.S. Senate Candidate Forum

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Sen. Dick Durbin, a Democrat from Springfield, is the 47th U.S. Senator from the State of Illinois.

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Now that the government has reopened and a debt default has been averted, we get reaction from Sen. Dick Durbin and other Illinois lawmakers about what happens next.

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All eyes are on the U.S. Senate as a potential government shutdown looms. Paris Schutz has more on what Sen. Dick Durbin and Illinois members of Congress are planning to do.

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Sen. Dick Durbin says the U.S. House of Representatives' bill to cut funding for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative by 80 percent would severely impact programs created to address ecological problems facing the Great Lakes. Programs to keep Asian carp out of the lakes would be slashed, among others. Elizabeth Brackett has the details. Read a fact sheet.

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Sen. Dick Durbin urges all law enforcement agencies to use the federal database resources to track guns found at crime scenes. Elizabeth Brackett has the story. Read Durbin's letter.

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Two Illinois senators urge U.S. Attorney nominee Zach Fardon to make Chicago street gangs top priority. Elizabeth Brackett has the details.

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Sen. Dick Durbin joins us to discuss the bipartisan immigration bill being considered in Congress, and the latest on the Hill.

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Sen. Dick Durbin outlines the Senate 'Gang of 8' immigration proposal. Paris Schutz has the latest.

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Sen. Dick Durbin

Sen. Dick Durbin reacts to the news that the U.S. Supreme Court struck down key parts of an Arizona law that sought to deter illegal immigration. Paris Schutz reports.

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Sen. Dick Durbin

Student debt threatens to cripple a generation from making it in America. We talk with Sen. Dick Durbin about this issue, and other examples of gridlock in Washington.

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Sen. Mark Kirk (left) and Sen. Dick Durbin (right)

A national unrest is brewing amid discontent with the President, Congress and Wall Street. Illinois Senators Dick Durbin and Mark Kirk join Carol Marin for a lengthy discussion about how to turn the country around.

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