United States Senate elections in Illinois, 2014
November 4, 2014
March 18, 2014
Cook Political Report: Solid D
Sabato's Crystal Ball: Safe D
Illinois is one of 21 states with a mixed primary system. Voters do not have to register with a party, but they do have to choose, publicly, which party's ballot they will vote on at the primary election.
The election will fill the Senate seat currently held by Richard Durbin (D). Durbin was first elected in 1996.
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- Doug Truax
- Chad Koppie
- Jim Oberweis: State senator
- Dick Durbin: Incumbent
- Kent Fitzsimmons
- Sharon Hansen
Early assessments of Durbin's run for re-election predict that it is unlikely that he will face significant opposition. However, Durbin, a three-term senator, had approximately $2.6 million cash-on-hand in February 2013.
- See also: United States budget debate, 2013
During the shutdown in October 2013, the Senate rejected, down party lines, every House-originated bill that stripped the budget of funding for the Affordable Care Act. A deal was reached late on October 16, 2013, just hours before the debt ceiling deadline. The bill to reopen the government, H.R. 2775, lifted the $16.7 trillion debt limit and funds the government through January 15, 2014. Federal employees also received retroactive pay for the shutdown period. The only concession made by Senate Democrats was to require income verification for Obamacare subsidies. The final vote on H.R. 2775 was 81-18, with all 18 votes against the bill from Republican members. Dick Durbin voted with the Democratic Party for the bill.
Oberweis' November 22, 2013, U.S. Senate announcement
“Some people are going to want to talk about my mistakes as a candidate over the last 10 years,” Oberweis says to the camera. “I made statements and commercials that I regretted and I’ve said so.”
“I believe I understand what motivates entrepreneurs and businessmen,” Oberweis said of his candidacy. “My opponent, Mr. Durbin, is a career politician who’s been in Washington for 31 years, that’s just way too long. I made a decision about 30 days ago to go forward and circulate petitions … But clearly, Obamacare is a symptom of the mess we have going on in Washington D.C.”
|Possible general election match-up|
|Poll||Dick Durbin||Jim Oberweis||Undecided||Margin of Error||Sample Size|
|We Ask America||50%||39%||11%||+/-2.86||1,434|
|Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to|
On November 2, 2010, Mark Kirk won election to the United States Senate. He defeated Alexander "Alexi" Giannoulias (D), LeAlan M. Jones (G), Mike Labno (L), Robert L. "Bob" Zadek (I), Will Boyd (I), Corey Dabney (I), Susanne Atanus (I), Shon-Tiyon "Santiago" Horton (I), Avner Nager (I), Stan Jagla (I), Darren Raichart (I), and Lowell M. Seida (I) in the general election.
On November 4, 2008, Dick Durbin won re-election to the United States Senate. He defeated Steve Sauerberg (R), Kathy Cummings (G), Larry A. Stafford (L), Chad N. Koppie (I), and Patricia Elaine Beard (I) in the general election.
- United States House of Representatives elections in Illinois, 2014
- United States Senate elections, 2014
- Cook Political Report, "2014 SENATE RACE RATINGS FOR JULY 18, 2014," accessed August 5, 2014
- Sabato's Crystal Ball, "2014 Senate Races," accessed August 5, 2014
- Board of Election Commissioners for the City of Chicago, "2014 Primary: Frequently Asked Questions," accessed January 2, 2014
- Daily Caller "Durbin gets a Republican challenger in Doug Truax" Accessed July 15, 2013
- Chad Koppie for Illinois "Home" Accessed July 18, 2013
- Prairie State Report "An Interview with Chad Koppie for U.S. Senate from Illinois" Accessed July 18, 2013
- Capitol Fax, "Oberweis considering US Senate bid, touts poll results," accessed September 26, 2013
- Chicago Tribune, "Oberweis' 2014 Senate bid against Durbin worries Republican leaders," accessed November 11, 2013
- Federal Election Commission "Kent Fitzsimmons," Accessed October 30, 2013
- Sharon Hansen for U.S. Senate, "Home," accessed September 27, 2013
- Huffington Post "Senate 2014: How Much Money Do The Candidates Have?" accessed February 25, 2013
- The Washington Post, "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013
- Senate.gov, "H.R. 2775 As Amended," accessed October 31, 2013
- Chicago Sun Times, "Video of State Sen. Jim Oberweis for U.S. Senate: ‘I made statements and commercials that I regretted’," accessed November 26, 2013
- U.S. Congress House Clerk "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010"
- U.S. Congress House Clerk "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 2008"