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Oberweis gathering signatures for US Senate run

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  • Jim Oberweis Republican candidate for 25th District Senate.

      Jim Oberweis Republican candidate for 25th District Senate.

 
Associated Press

SPRINGFIEL -- State Sen. Jim Oberweis says he's gathering petition signatures to make a bid for the U.S. Senate.

The Republican from Sugar Grove made the comments Wednesday at a Springfield rally for opponents of same-sex marriage. He says he wants to challenge Democratic U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin. Oberweis is a dairy magnate who has made numerous bids for office before.

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He made previous unsuccessful attempts for U.S. Senate in 2002 and 2004. He also ran and lost in the 2006 Republican gubernatorial primary, and a congressional bid in 2008. He won a seat to the state Senate last November.

Downers Grove businessman Doug Truax and Kane County Regional School board member Chad Koppie are also making primary bids.

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