State Sen. Jim Oberweis, who’s always in a rush, did not like being limited to driving 65 miles an hour on state highways. So he set out to get the speed limit kicked up to 70.
He introduced a couple of bills that failed, but finally produced one, based on an argument about accident statistics, that reeled in enough Republican and Democratic votes to get the job done.
As a politician, Oberweis has evolved a bit. He remains a staunch conservative, but he seems slightly more inclined to work across party lines. As a legislator, he said, “you learn to listen.”
Oberweis is a highly successful businessperson, as well. He would bring to Washington not just a point of view, but hard-earned success in the private sector.
We endorse Jim Oberweis.
There are six other candidates in this race: Army surplus store clerk Anthony Catella; Jerry Evans, owner of a music school; Ted Gradel, a futures trader; Catalina Lauf, a former advisor at the U.S. Commerce Department; Kendall County Republican Party Chairman James Marter, a software consultant; and state Sen. Sue Rezin.
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