* Chicago Rev. Corey Brooks has endorsed Jim Oberweis for US Senate…
Last weekend, Oberweis, a state Senator from Sugar Grove, volunteered in Brooks’ Woodlawn community anti-crime program.
In a release from the Oberweis campaign, Brooks said “he believes Democrats like U.S. Senator Dick Durbin have taken the African-American vote for granted and he wants to change that dynamic.
“I do not support Democrats or Republicans automatically,” Brooks said in the statement. “I support the men or women who are more likely to help our community, no matter what label they wear. Jim Oberweis has demonstrated to me he cares about our problems and will work hard on the solutions.” […]
Brooks hit the news in February, 2012 for sitting on the roof of a former motel for more than 90 days until he raised enough money to buy the property near the church at 6625 S. King Drive.
* Lots of folks love to give Oberweis heck, but I gotta tell you, he’s running a much better campaign than many, myself included, expected.
Oberweis, a state senator from west suburban Sugar Grove, is the part-owner of a dairy and ice cream business and two investment firms that carry his name. Brooks said he believes job creation is key to stemming violence on the South Side, and said he was impressed with Oberweis’ experience in that area.
Brooks, who frequently serves as a family spokesman for crime victims, said he was raised a Democrat but is currently a political independent. The Park Manor neighborhood pastor said he disagrees with Oberweis on some issues, though he declined to cite them.
Brooks said he has never met Durbin, the Democratic incumbent who has been in the Senate since 1996. But the pastor said Oberweis has been a regular on the South Side, and that the two “have had very candid conversations.”
Oberweis should be given credit for taking the time to court Brooks.
* Somehow I was added to a GOP mailing list