* August 3rd…
Former Lake County Sheriff Mark Curran on Saturday finally conceded last November’s election to John Idleburg, a Zion Democrat, two days into a four-day recount of selected precincts that he had sought.
The three-term incumbent Republican was ousted by 137 votes out of 245,633 that were cast as a Democratic wave swept the suburbs.
* A few days later…
Former Lake County Sheriff Mark Curran will seek the Republican nomination for the U.S. Senate next year in hopes of challenging Sen. Dick Durbin in the November 2020 election.
Curran said Wednesday he will formally kick off his campaign Aug. 15 at the Illinois State Fair.
Curran, 56, of Libertyville, said he was encouraged to run by people in the state Republican Party, in part because there are concerns no other strong candidates will emerge to oppose Durbin’s bid for a fifth term.
“I think you’ll basically see I have all the support of the party,” he said. […]
Four other Republican candidates have declared: Peggy Hubbard, Dean Seppelfrick, Omeed Memar and Robert Marshall, who ran for governor in 2018 as a Democrat.
“I don’t have to do this,” Curran said, adding he had spoken to U.S. Rep. Darin LaHood of Peoria and former U.S. Rep. Randy Hultgren of Plano about a run.
“The consensus is I would be a Tier One candidate,” he said, noting his suburban background could help Republicans in a region that is shifting Democratic. […]
He said he was not opposed to universal background checks to purchase a firearm but contended issues involving mental health and video games are more significant in dealing with gun violence than attempting to ban high-power weapons and high-capacity ammunition magazines.
Curran said there are a lot of “societal problems causing this violence” such as “destruction of the family and glorification of violence.”
“There’s a connection to the sanctity of life, that you could kill a baby in a partial-birth abortion,” he said. “That’s why we’re in trouble on so many fronts.”