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Wednesday, Apr 16, 2014 at 11:31 AM
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By Associated Press
      

Kirk Will Campaign For Oberweis in Senate Race

U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk says he'll now campaign for Republican U.S. Senate candidate Jim Oberweis, weeks after saying he wouldn't actively campaign for the dairy magnate. Read »

Wednesday, Mar 19, 2014 at 5:46 AM
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By Ward Room Staff

Live Blog: Primary Election Day in Illinois

Live Blog: Primary Election Day in Illinois

Illinois voters head to the polling places Tuesday to narrow the field of candidates in a number of offices. Read »

Saturday, Mar 15, 2014 at 1:56 AM
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By Mary Ann Ahern
      

Oberweis Explains Pre-Election Trip To Florida

The U.S. Senate candidate who spent the last week at his winter condo in Florida is back in Illinois. Read »

Wednesday, Mar 12, 2014 at 4:26 PM
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By Mary Ann Ahern
      

Oberweis Confirms He's In Florida Week Before Primary

State Sen. Jim Oberweis, who refused to answer NBC 5’s questions when asked where he was, has confirmed what we exclusively reported. He is in Florida. Read »

Tuesday, Mar 11, 2014 at 6:43 PM
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By MaryAnn Ahern
      

Oberweis Hangs Out In Florida a Week Before Primary

NBC 5 has learned the U.S. Senate candidate flew out of Illinois Saturday, and is at his million-dollar Bonita Beach Florida condo until the end of the week. Read »

Friday, Mar 14, 2014 at 8:51 AM
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By Colleen Connolly

5 Illinois Political Races You Should Know

5 Illinois Political Races You Should Know

As the primaries get closer, make sure you're familiar with the most contentious and important races. Read »

Tuesday, Feb 4, 2014 at 12:45 PM
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By Mark W. Anderson

Truax, Oberweis in Battle of Endorsements in GOP Senate Race

Truax, Oberweis in Battle of Endorsements in GOP Senate Race

It may not be getting much media attention, but there’s a spirited race in Republican circles to replace longtime Democratic U.S. Senator Dick Durbin, who’s up for reelection in 2014. Read »

Wednesday, Nov 20, 2013 at 11:37 AM
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By Associated Press

Oberweis Eyes Ending State's Sunday Car Sales Ban

Oberweis Eyes Ending State's Sunday Car Sales Ban

An Illinois state senator wants to end a longstanding ban on Sunday automobile sales. Read »

Tuesday, Oct 29, 2013 at 6:21 AM
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By Mark W. Anderson

Finger-pointing Erupts Over Jim Oberweis' Next Defeat

Finger-pointing Erupts Over Jim Oberweis' Next Defeat

How many times, I wondered, had Republican Oberweis run for office and lost before today? Read »

Wednesday, Oct 23, 2013 at 10:50 AM
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By Carol Marin & Don Moseley

Oberweis Mounting Run for U.S. Senate

Oberweis Mounting Run for U.S. Senate

State senator Jim Oberweis---who has run twice for US Senate and once for governor---is going to make a run again for the Senate seat now held by Dick Durbin. Read »

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