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Sen. Mark Kirk Won't Campaign For Oberweis




    Illinois' Republican U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk says he has no plans to campaign with the GOP state lawmaker hoping to unseat Democratic U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin in November.

    On election night, Kirk said he'd support the GOP nominee. Still, he told reporters Monday he's going to be "protecting his relationship" with Durbin and won't launch "into a partisan jihad."

    Oberweis Wins Republican Senate Primary

    [CHI] Oberweis Wins Republican Senate Primary
    It'll be Dick Durbin versus Jim Oberweis in the November election. (Published Tuesday, March 18, 2014)

    Durbin is the Senate's No. 2 Democrat.

    State Sen. Jim Oberweis of Sugar Grove won the GOP nomination last week. His family owns ice cream shops. Oberweis says his name recognition will help his U.S. Senate campaign. However, Oberweis has been under fire in the past, including for remarks about immigrants.

    Durbin: Stark Contrast Between Oberweis and Me

    [CHI] Durbin: Stark Contrast Between Oberweis and Me
    With a Republican challenger finally set in Jim Oberweis, Sen. Dick Durbin sat down with NBC Chicago's Stefan Holt to tout his record, the situation in Crimea and whether he'll run for another term. (Published Wednesday, March 19, 2014)

    Kirk and Durbin have worked together and have had a public friendship, particularly after Kirk suffered a stroke in 2012.