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ENDORSEMENT: Jim Oberweis for Congress in 14th District Republican primary

Oberweis has evolved a bit. He remains a staunch conservative, but he seems slightly more inclined to work across party lines.

Endorsement, Jim Oberweis, 14th District, Congress, Illinois, U.S. House of Representatives, 2020 Republican primary election
Jim Oberweis is endorsed by the Sun-Times in the 14th Congressional District Republican primary.
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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.


14th Congressional District map, Illinois, U.S. House of Representatives
14th Congressional District map.
Illustration by Caroline Hurley

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