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GOP hopeful in 11th district defends supporting Obama, Blago

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Naperville businessman Bert Miller announces his candidacy for the 11th Congressional District at his Phoenix Closures Inc. manufacturing facility.

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Chris Balkema

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As owner of Naperville's Phoenix Closures, Republican businessman Bert Miller took a turn last decade as chairman of the powerful Illinois Manufacturers Association and has given campaign donations to mostly Republicans, including Jim Oberweis and former House Speaker Dennis Hastert. But his primary opponents have seized on two gifts to Democrats: $1,000 to then Democratic Senate candidate Barack Obama in 2003 and $1,000 in 2002 to Rod Blagojevich.
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    • Naperville businessman Bert Miller announces his candidacy for the 11th Congressional District at his Phoenix Closures Inc. manufacturing facility.
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