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Democrat U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (left) is being challenged by Repbulican Mark Curran

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DICK DURBIN

ABOUT THE CANDIDATE

Before becoming senator, he graduated from the school of foreign service at Georgetown University with a bachelor’s degree of science in 1966. He then graduated with a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center in 1969.

Durbin served on the legal counsel to the Illinois Lt. Gov. Paul Simon from 1969-1972 and the legal counsel to Illinois Senate Judiciary Committee from 1972-1982.

Before becoming a U.S. senator. He also has served as the Senate Democratic Whip from 2005.

Currently, he serves on the Committee for Rules and Administration, Appropriations, Judiciary and Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry.


MARK CURRAN

ABOUT THE CANDIDATE

Curran, a Pittsburgh native, attended Spring Hill College in Alabama for his bachelor’s degree before coming to Illinois where he attended the Chicago-Kent College of Law at Illinois Institute of Technology for his J.D.

He worked as a sheriff with the Lake County Sheriff Department, a senior prosecutor with the Lake County’s State attorney office and as a special assistant to the U.S. Attorney.

He also served as the Attorney General’s Gang Crime Bureau Chief where he worked to prosecute street gangs, held seminars to combat gang violence and served as an editor of the statewide law enforcement focused newsletter.

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