The GOP senator made the case at a religious breakfast.
The GOP senator said the House Republican leadership had made it nearly impossible for him to get money from Super PACs after he filibustered the Affordable Care Act in 2013.
The senator's aides don't deny reports in the Tampa Bay Times that he's reserved space at Miami's iconic Freedom Tower for a possible announcement on April 13.
Despite the clear sailing for Schumer, there is now a 20-month runway for him to navigate.
Duckworth is one of several Illinois Democrats considering a Senate bid.
Durbin says he told Schumer, "I think you've earned this."
Democratic Sen. Chuck Schumer is a top candidate to replace retiring Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid at the end of his term.
Democrats praised Reid while Republicans said he was going to lose anyway.
The surprise call came shortly after Reid officially announced his decision not to run for reelection.