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Oberweis defeats Truax in U.S. Senate race

Published: Tuesday, March 18, 2014 11:46 p.m. CST • Updated: Wednesday, March 19, 2014 6:36 a.m. CST
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(Bill Ackerman - backerman@shawmedia.com )
Jim Oberweis thanks his supporters after taking a concession call from his opponent in the Republican nomination for the United States Senate, at the Oberweis Dairy in Glen Ellyn.

State Sen. Jim Oberweis, R-Sugar Grove, on Tuesday defeated political novice Doug Truax of Downers Grove in the U.S. Senate Republican primary.

Oberweis had 56 percent of the vote with most precincts reporting, compared to Truax's 44 percent, according to unofficial election results.

As the results came in Tuesday, Oberweis continued his ongoing commentary against U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, his opponent in November's general election.

"We're obviously very pleased that the voters of Illinois chose me to take on Mr. Dick Durbin," Oberweis said, speaking from his election night party at Oberweis Dairy & That Burger Joint in Glen Ellyn. "I believe people want citizen legislators that are good for the state and not just good for incumbency."

Oberweis said that Truax called him to concede the race. Oberweis asked him to serve on a committee for health care reform and military-related issues, and he accepted, Oberweis Campaign Director Tom Mannix said.

As president, managing partner and co-founder of Veritas Risk Services in Oak Brook, Truax consults for businesses on health care benefits. He is also an Army veteran and a West Point graduate. Truax did not return multiple phone calls and emails seeking comment before press time.

Oberweis faced intense scrutiny in the days leading up to the race after he spent some time in Florida to celebrate his wife's birthday. Oberweis maintains that he has lived in the Prestbury subdivision near Sugar Grove for most of his life.

"Based on the results, it was purely a non-issue," said Mannix, who spoke for Oberweis while he was doing live TV interviews.

Mannix said work for the general election begins immediately, because Oberweis' campaign will need every day possible to defeat Durbin in November.

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