U.S. Senator Dick Durbin came to Crystal Lake Thursday.
As I drove to his McHenry County College appearance, I saw Oberweis yard signs along Route 14.
Ostensibly, Durbin was here to tour the next robotics lab at McHenry County College.
The real reason was to get his photo on the front page of the Northwest Herald and a story on Star105 FM radio.
Undoubtedly the radio story by Stew Cohen is already running.
The NW Herald story and picture will show up tomorrow.
Durbin is engaged in a closer race than he thought possible with State Senator Jim Oberweis, who will speak at McHenry County Republican Headquarters in the Crystal Lake Plaza next Wednesday night at 6:30.
The margin is in single digits with the second most powerful man in the U.S. Senate in the lead.
National money providers have not yet decided on whether to try to take Durbin out.
MCC Dean Jim Falco told the reason for the new robotics program:
- Nobody’s in the pipeline for manufacturing jobs.
- There is an aging workforce.
- Young people do not have the training.
Durbin spoke, telling of a Kraft plant in Champaign with starting pay at $50,000 with no degree needed, just the ability to run the food processing machines.
When a few demonstrators set up shop near the closest door to the lab, college officials snuck him in another entrance.
And placed an MCC policeman right inside that door.
I didn’t stick around to see if Durbin would have the courage to confront them.
I’m betting not.