WASHINGTON — Labor Day marks the start of campaigns kicking up activity, and Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., and his GOP challenger Jim Oberweis are on the stump today. 

A new Early and Often exclusive poll shows Durbin  at 47.8 percent to Oberweis, a state senator from Sugar Grove, at 40.5 percent, a margin that shows the race may be tighter than thought, reports Sun-Times political writer Natasha Korecki.

Oberweis has stops in Zion and Deerfield. Durbin hits Peoria, Rock Island, 

From the Oberweis campaign…

7:40 a.m. Zion Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast

9:30 a.m. Zion Benton American Legion Vietnam Veterans Healing Wall

10:00 a.m. Zion Arts and Crafts Festival

11:45 a.m. Zion Jubilee Days Festival Parade

3:00 p.m. North Shore Greek Fest, Deerfield

 

From the Durbin campaign . . .

10:00 AM – 11:00 AM PEORIA LABOR DAY PARADE — 10:00-11:00 am CST

Peoria, IL

12:30 PM - 2:00 PM ROCK ISLAND DEMOCRATS LABOR DAY CHICKEN FRY — 12:30-2:00 pm CST

Hampton, IL

4:00 PM – 5:15 PM DINNER WITH REPRESENTATIVE FRANK MAUTINO AND AREA DEMOCRATIC CHAIRMEN — 4:00-5:15 pm

CST

Spring Valley, IL