The Chicago Tribune endorses former Lake County Sheriff Mark Curran for US Senate

The Republican who will take on U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin in the general election is in for an uphill climb. Durbin, seeking his fifth term in the Senate, breezed to victory against Republican Jim Oberweis back in 2014 — and that was a year in which Democrats lost the Senate.

In the current Republican primary, none of the candidates has statewide name recognition, which creates a fundraising hurdle. Perspective: Oberweis spent more than $2 million, most of it his own, when he lost to Durbin. This is not to dissuade Durbin’s eventual challenger this year, because Illinois voters should have a choice of candidates and views in the fall.

Five people are seeking the GOP nomination. The best qualified is Mark C. Curran Jr. of Libertyville, a former Lake County sheriff who was elected three times to that position and says he ran the office under budget 12 years in a row.

Curran, who is also a lawyer, did good work as sheriff: He started a countywide gang task force, set up a program to help eradicate homelessness among veterans and helped lead the fight against opioid abuse.

Read the rest of the endorsement on the Chicago Tribune