Durbin’s re-election bid alleviates any concerns from Democrats nationally and in Illinois that the 68-year-old lawmaker would step down from the seat previously held by his mentor, the late U.S. Sen.
Durbin was unavailable for comment Friday. One source close to the senator said Durbin was not ready to publicly announce his re-election bid, though some leading Democrats have been informed of his decision.
There had been speculation that Durbin might want to join a second-term Cabinet under home-state President
Instead, Durbin has been working on organizing a re-election campaign, including putting together a fundraising program, one source said. Durbin had about $2.6 million in his campaign fund to start the year.
Last fall, at the
"Are you ready to engage and commit for eight years of your life? I love these six-year terms, but it also calls for a little more thought, patience, before you make the decision," Durbin said.
In 2010, Durbin underwent surgery to remove a non-cancerous mass from his stomach.
Durbin easily won re-election in 2008, scoring 68 percent of the vote against little-known Republican physician Steve Sauerberg.
It is questionable whether the
Durbin appeared at a news conference Friday with Chicago Police Superintendent