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Newsmakers: Jim Oberweis

Busy year for state senator

Published: Friday, Dec. 27, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT • Updated: Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013 8:48 a.m. CDT
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Jim Oberweis, republican candidate for the 25th State Senate district, gives his opening remarks during a candidate forum sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Central Kane County in February 2012 in Batavia.

SUGAR GROVE – Jim Oberweis of Sugar Grove hasn’t been sitting idle since being elected as a state senator in November 2012.

In January 2013, he began to question Illinois GOP Chairman Pat Brady’s open support of same-sex marriage. Brady, of St. Charles, resigned in May, stating that he had other professional goals he hoped to accomplish and said he wanted to focus on his wife’s health as she fought cancer. Brady was replaced in June by John “Jack” Dorgan of Rosemont.

In May, Oberweis sponsored legislation to allow motorists to drive 70 mph on interstates in Illinois rather than 65 mph. Gov. Pat Quinn signed the measure into law in August, and the law kicks in Jan. 1. Kane County is among those that would be allowed to opt out of the new rule.

Also, Oberweis introduced legislation that would allow Illinois car dealers to sell vehicles on Sundays.

The legislation, which could overturn a law that has been on the books since 1983, came forward last month.

Oberweis has said car dealers that choose to be closed Sundays can do so, much like businesses such as Chick-fil-A and Hobby Lobby choose to be closed Sundays.

He said he decided to introduce the legislation because he’d heard from a lot of consumers who wanted the option to buy a car on Sunday, but some car dealers want the law to remain in place.

– Nicole Weskerna

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