CHICAGO, July 21 (UPI) -- A conservative Chicago radio host has let Republican leaders know he wants to take on state Sen. Barack Obama in November's election for the U.S. Senate.
National Public Radio is reporting that Al Salvi, who was trounced by retiring U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., in the last U.S. Senate election, is telling colleagues he is ready to spend and campaign for the GOP, the Illinois Leader said Wednesday.
Salvi, a conservative talk show host, former state representative and 1996 GOP U.S. Senate nominee is waiting for State Sen. Kirk Dillard to make his decision before going public.
Salvi has apparently indicated he will commit $1 million of his own money on his campaign.
Salvi, a trial lawyer from Wauconda in Lake County, upset former Lt. Gov Bob Kustra in the 1996 GOP primary before bowing to current U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin in the general election. All were vying to replace then-retiring U.S. Sen. Paul Simon.
Salvi ran for Secretary of State in 1998 but lost to current officeholder Jesse White. He alienated a large portion of his conservative base that year by changing his position on the Second Amendment to oppose concealed carry legislation.