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  • Oberweis acknowledges Senate hurdles Sep 10, 2014 6:32 PM
    Dairy entrepreneur Jim Oberweis says his proposal to raise the minimum wage for U.S. workers aged 26 and older is a search for middle ground on one of the hottest issues in the 2014 election, even if it contradicts the position of fellow business executives and Republicans whose support he needs in a longshot bid against U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin.

  • Durbin blasts CN, warns feds could increase monitoring Jun 4, 2014 5:30 PM
    Don't brush off Illinois or you may face more federal scrutiny, U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin cautioned CN this week. Durbin's letter politely told the Canadian National Railroad it was not living up to its promises, disrespecting towns and messing up state projects.

  • Durbin banks more than $6 million for re-election bid Apr 16, 2014 4:49 PM
    Democratic U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin has banked more than $6 million for his 2014 re-election campaign. Durbin faces Republican state Sen. Jim Oberweis of Sugar Grove in November. Durbin’s campaign released a summary Wednesday of its most recent campaign finance filing. The full report, which was due on Tuesday, has not yet been processed and posted online by the Federal Election Commission. Durbin’s campaign says the Senate’s No. 2 Democrat has raised about $1.4 million from more than 8,400 donors since he announced last fall that he would seek his fourth term. That includes about $771,000 raised in the first three months of 2014. Oberweis’ report also had not been posted online as of Wednesday. The dairy magnate and money manager didn’t immediately return a phone message.

  • Kirk vows to help end cyber bullying Mar 29, 2014 6:02 PM
    Sen. Mark Kirk said he will launch a public service video, and make a Top 10 list of the most dangerous apps that lead to cyberbullying. He met Saturday with about 20 high school students who talked about how the dangerous practice is rising. “My colleagues, who are 50 plus, have no idea what Yik Yak or Snap Chat are, and we have to make them aware of their dangers,” Kirk said.

  • Local election results detail Rauner's sweep of suburbs Mar 26, 2014 2:53 PM
    Township-level results show the extent of Republican businessman Bruce Rauner's suburban sweep in last week's primary election. State Sen. Kirk Dillard, a Hinsdale Republican, won only one township in his home DuPage County — Downers Grove Township — on his way to a narrow loss to Rauner.

  • Oberweis sets sights on uphill fight against Durbin Mar 19, 2014 7:35 AM
    In an unexpectedly close race, state Sen. Jim Oberweis, a senator and dairy magnate from Sugar Grove, beat insurance executive Doug Truax in the Republican primary. “If I win this Senate seat, it'd be so the Republicans can take control of the U.S. Senate, and that will change the direction of this country,” he said.

  • Voting smooth so far in the suburbs Mar 18, 2014 2:21 PM
    Voting appears to be moving smoothly — if slowly — in the suburbs today as voters face big decisions over who to nominate to go on to November. Polls are open until 7 p.m. Cook County Clerk David Orr spokeswoman Courtney Greve said the early hours of voting in the suburbs had been going relatively smoothly, with scant calls from poll watchers and no obvious complaints yet.

  • Truax blasts Oberweis over pre-primary Florida trip Mar 12, 2014 4:46 AM
    State Sen. Jim Oberweis is catching heat from his U.S. Senate opponent Doug Truax for being in Florida a week before Tuesday's primary election. Oberweis says he's in Florida to visit his wife and raise campaign money.

  • Oberweis bristles at Truax attacks during debate Mar 3, 2014 8:31 PM
    Jim Oberweis used his time during a debate Monday as a platform to pitch himself as the right choice for the GOP’s U.S. Senate nomination. Instead of taking a similar tack, Doug Truax spent much of the debate explaining to voters why Oberweis was the wrong choice.

  • Endorsement: Oberweis in Republican primary for U.S. Senate Feb 17, 2014 2:42 PM
    The Daily Herald endorses Jim Oberweis for the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate.

  • Oberweis wouldn’t back federal medical marijuana law Feb 12, 2014 6:44 PM
    Republican contenders for U.S. Senate both say they would not vote to legalize medical marijuana at the federal level, though one of them voted in favor of such a measure in Illinois. Despite his support of legalizing medical marijuana in Illinois, state Sen. Jim Oberweis of Sugar Grove said the issue should not be addressed at the federal level. His Republican primary election opponent, Doug Truax of Oak Brook, has a similar view.

  • Doug Truax: Candidate Profile Feb 14, 2014 10:43 PM
    Candidate information for Doug Truax, running for Senate

  • Jim Oberweis: Candidate Profile Feb 14, 2014 10:42 PM
    Candidate information for Jim Oberweis, running for Senate

  • Nancy Wade: Candidate Profile Feb 14, 2014 10:44 PM
    Candidate information for Nancy Wade, running for Senate

  • Dick Durbin: Candidate Profile Feb 14, 2014 10:42 PM
    Candidate information for Dick Durbin, running for Senate

  • Republican Senate candidates Oberweis, Truax differ on Middle East Feb 7, 2014 5:55 PM
    While the primary election five weeks away, each Republican candidate for U.S. Senate is seeking to position himself as the one who could unseat Democratic incumbent Illinois Sen. Dick Durbin in November. During interviews with the Daily Herald editorial board, state Sen. Jim Oberweis and political newcomer Doug Truax disagreed on U.S. policy in the Middle East, but agreed in other areas.

  • Truax’s suburban support key against Oberweis cash Feb 4, 2014 5:30 AM
    Republican state Sen. Jim Oberweis’ decision to use at least a half-million dollars of his own money in his race for U.S. Senate means local support from GOP leaders is as important as ever to opponent Doug Truax.

  • Oberweis gives own Senate campaign $500,000 Jan 30, 2014 9:00 PM
    Republican state Sen. Jim Oberweis has given his campaign for U.S. Senate $500,000 of his own money as he tries to win a statewide primary election for the first time.

  • Oberweis, Truax at GOP breakfast Jan. 25 Jan 21, 2014 6:17 PM
    The Schaumburg Township Republican Organization invites the public to its monthly breakfast meeting at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 25, at Chandler’s Chophouse, 401 N. Roselle Road in Schaumburg. Special guest speakers will be candidates for U.S. senator Jim Oberweis and Doug Truax, as well as subcircuit judge candidates Gary Seyring and John Curry.

  • Editorial: Complex problems and the politics of distraction Oct 27, 2013 5:00 AM
    Sen. Dick Durbin's Facebook post about a presumed insult to the president created a buzz last week. But like so much of what happens in Washington, a Daily Herald editorial says, it did not help solve any of our problems.

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