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Durbin Calls Illinois Democrats "Embarrassing"

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin is calling the gridlock among his fellow Democrats in Springfield embarrassing and fears it could lead to loss of hundreds of millions of dollars in federal funds.

In an interview Thursday with The State Journal-Register editorial board, Durbin said he's tried to work more closely with Governor Rod Blagojevich on key issues, but doesn't get his phone calls returned regularly. He said he doesn't know what it will take to fix the problems in Springfield.

Durbin told the Journal-Register three people have told him they're running for governor in 2010, and more could get in the race. He said he won't endorse Blagojevich or any other candidates until the primary election gets closer.

Durbin, who is seeking his third six-year term, also said his leadership role in Congress elevates what he can do for Illinois.