News

Kirk Changes His Mind about Backing Oberweis

Kirk Changes His Mind about Backing Oberweis

State Sen. Jim Oberweis (R-Sugar Grove) is the Republican nominee for U. S. Senate Photo: Associated Press

U.S. Sen. Mark S. Kirk (R-Ill.) is throwing his support behind Republican Senate candidate Jim Oberweis (pictured).

Kirk said a month ago that he would not campaign for Oberweis, in order to protect his working relationship

with Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.). Now, “I will be campaigning for Jim Oberweis,” he says.

Kirk expects Durbin not to be bothered. “He and I have a very good relationship. He expects that in a general election that I would be backing the Republican candidate,” he said.

Durbin says the turnaround by Kirk is news to him. “He said he wasn’t going to campaign against me. I called

him and thanked him, and that’s where we left the conversation in Washington.”

Durbin is seeking a fourth term in the Senate. Oberweis ran for the Senate in 2002 and 2004, but lost the Republican primary both times. He is the Republican nominee this time.

 

 

Recent Headlines

3 hours ago in Local

Capitol Honors Fallen Police Officers

5-5-16 Officers Memorial 2

Secretary of State Jesse White says police officers should still be revered as heroes.

4 hours ago in Local

Holocaust Remembered at Old State Capitol

local_news_generic

The state's annual Yom Hashoah service brought Gov. Bruce Rauner to the Old State Capitol Thursday morning.

7 hours ago in Local

Langfelder Enlists Manar to Help Extend Downtown TIF

Flag_of_Springfield,_Illinois_svg

Mayor Jim Langfelder says he's working with state lawmakers to get legislation passed to extend by 12 years the city's downtown Tax Increment Financing District, which is otherwise set to expire soon.

7 hours ago in Local

DuQuoin State Fair Starts Vendor Payment Program

Illinois Department of Agriculture

Officials with the Du Quoin State Fair have created a new program to pay vendors who weren't compensated for their 2015 expenses.

8 hours ago in Local

Lawmakers Question Auditor General About Spending

Frank Mautino

A group of Republican lawmakers is demanding that Illinois Auditor General Frank Mautino explain spending by his campaign committee while he was a state representative.