It’s official… Republican Jim Oberweis is launching his bid to unseat longtime Democratic U.S. Senator Dick Durbin.
It’s not Oberweis’s first time running for Senate.
He ran in the Republican primaries in both 2002 and 2004, coming in second both times.
He also made unsuccessful attempts for Governor and U.S. Representative before winning a state senate seat in 2012.
In a campaign announcement video released over the weekend, Oberweis admitted making mistakes in past campaigns, but says he’s a more “respectful and reasonable” candidate this time.
He criticized Durbin for spending decades in Washington, and vows that if he’s elected, he will only serve two terms.