U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin has defeated Republican state Sen. Jim Oberweis to win a fourth term.
The U.S. Senate's second-ranking Democrat had been expected to keep the seat he's held since 1997. During the campaign he pushed for a minimum wage increase and tax breaks for companies keeping jobs in the country. He said he helped bring billions in federal dollars to Illinois.
Durbin told The Associated Press there were "worrisome" signs Republicans would pick up seats needed to gain control of the Senate, but he'd continue working for Illinois.
During the campaign, Oberweis called Durbin a career politician. The Sugar Grove dairy entrepreneur touted his business background.
He told supporters it was difficult to beat an incumbent in Democrat-heavy Illinois and he'd continue working for Republicans in Illinois' Senate.