SPRINGFIELD - Associated Press is reporting that at the Capitol Wednesday, State Senator Jim Oberweis (R-Sugar Grove) told a rally of traditional marriage supporters that he has launched an effort to run for U.S. Senate. However, Oberweis told Illinois Review that's not exactly what he said or meant.
"I said that if we get enough petitions, I will run," Oberweis told Illinois Review in an email response. He did not elaborate any further on whether he's actively organized a petition drive, nor did he say when he'd make a formal announcement. Candidate petitions can be submitted to the Illinois State Board of Elections beginning November 19th.
If Oberweis gets enough petition signatures, he will enter an already crowded field of three other Republican candidates, only one of which is attracting notice more than the others - DuPage businessman Doug Truax.
"Doug Truax intends to defeat Dick Durbin and his job-killing policies no matter who enters the Republican primary," Dan Curry, spokesman for the Truax campaign, said Wednesday afternoon.
Oberweis, first elected to the Illinois Senate in 2012, released a poll recently saying between Oberweis and former Congressman Joe Walsh, Oberweis' name ID and his favorables were competitive with Democrat incumbent Dick Durbin.
Oberweis ran for the GOP nomination for the U.S. Senate in 2004, for Illinois governor in 2006 and Congress in 2009.