by Mark Rhoads
I have known Sen. Dick Durbin for thrity-two years and what discourse we have had has always been positive with a focus on benefitting Illinois. He is a smart individual who graduated from Georgetown University Law School but most of his life has been spent as an elected or appointed official rather than practicing law. He is a hard-working partisan and liberal Democrat. While our philosophies of government are very different I still respect his normally energetic and sensible approach to political debate.