* State Sen. Jim Oberweis talked to the Daily Herald about his likely US Senate race, which would be his third run at the office, fourth statewide campaign and sixth major campaign since 2002, all but one of which he lost…
He said he’s aware he might take some heat for making another bid.
“Oh, I’m sure I will, as did Abraham Lincoln,” Oberweis said.
Oberweis says he’ll tell voters about his success in the dairy business. But he argues what’s different this time is his 2012 election to the Illinois Senate, where he grabbed attention this year for winning approval of an increase in the rural interstate speed limit to 70 mph. He points to that success to show he got a proposal through a General Assembly controlled by Democrats.
“One of the criticisms of me in the past has always been, well, he’s just a businessman and he won’t be able to get along with Democrats,” Oberweis said. “I’ve got more Democrat friends now that I’ve ever had before.”
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