The Republican nominee in this yearâ€™s U.S. Senate race says itâ€™s his Democratic opponent, not him, whoâ€™s waging a war on women.
State Senator Jim Oberweis (R-Sugar Grove) is making that claim based on a fundraiser that U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) is attending in Chicago on behalf of a political action committee that will support Hillary Clinton.
One of the organizers for the event to support the Ready for Hillary PAC is attorney Myron Cherry, who once represented a company called International Profit Associates (IPA), which in 2011 paid $8 million to settle a sexual harassment suit brought on behalf of 82 women.
Oberweis doesnâ€™t believe itâ€™s a stretch to associate Durbin with sexual harassment of women.
â€śIâ€™d say talk to those 82 women and see if they think itâ€™s a long reach,â€ť Oberweis said. â€śI think youâ€™ll get a different answer.â€ť
When asked if he had spoken to any of those women, Oberweis admitted he hadnâ€™t.
Oberweis believes other former IPA executives may be involved in the fundraiser, but said he couldnâ€™t provide evidence backing that up.
When pressed for a stronger link between Durbin and the company, Oberweis pointed to statements made by a Durbin aide in 2006 after several politicians returned contributions made by IPA executives. The aide promised Durbin would do the same the contributions could be confirmed, but Oberweis claims his campaign could find no evidence that Durbin returned the money.