U.S. Senate candidate Jim Oberweis on Friday refuted news reports questioning his residency.
A recent report claimed the Illinois state senator was using his Florida condo home as his primary residence. Oberweis said that isn’t true.
“It is absolutely, totally false,” Oberweis said. “I’ve lived in the same home for 36 years, a majority of my life.”
He lives in the Prestbury subdivision located near Sugar Grove. Oberweis and Downers Grove businessman Doug Truax will square off in Tuesday’s Republican primary for U.S. Senate, with the winner facing longtime incumbent Democratic Sen. Dick Durbin in November.
Oberweis said he and his wife, Julie Oberweis, bought the condo in Bonita Springs, Fla., about four years ago. He was recently in Florida celebrating his wife’s birthday.
“To be honest with you, I was sort of intending on spending more winters there and playing more golf, but a funny thing happened on the way to Florida,” he said. “People asked me to run for the Illinois Senate, and I did, and that pretty well messes up time in Florida, because that’s when we’re in session in Springfield. And I have not missed a day in Springfield.”
Oberweis was elected to office in November 2012. He said his wife spends winters there, and that she has become a Florida resident.
“When we bought the unit, she applied for a Florida homestead exemption, which is naturally what you would do,” Jim Oberweis said. “I didn’t realize at the time, but found out quickly that means you lose your Illinois exemption. So I’m now paying higher Illinois real estate taxes than I would have otherwise, so it actually has cost me money, not saved any money. But it saved my wife some money.”
He said the Prestbury home is still listed as his primary residence.
“I’ve never done anything to change that in any way,” he said.