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From a flyer sent to my house Paid for by Oberweis for Illinois

JIM OBERWEIS is not a politician! He is a family man. He is a former educator. He is a businessman who has grown jobs. Like most Illinoisans, Jim Oberweis wants to put an end to “business as usual” in state government. Jim's life experience makes him the right person to bring reform to Illinois.

Jim Oberweis… The Family Man As a child, Jim was taught that honesty and integrity are the cornerstones of a healthy work ethic. Whether in the classroom or on the family dairy farm, Jim learned that hard work is its own reward and a promise made is a promis kept. Jim as passed those same values on to his five children. Watching them grow to be successful in their own Illinois-based careers, Jim now enjoys seeing thos esame values taken up by his grandchildren.

Jim Oberweis… The Educator After graduating from the University of Illinois, Jim wanted to give back to the community. As a math and science teacher at Waldo Jr. High School in Aurora, Jim became convinced that most children want to learn and most parents want their children to succeed in school. Today, Jim continues to speak to classrooms about his experiences in business and politics, and through Oberweis Dairy, makes generous scholarships available to employees attending college. Jim Oberweis is passionate about improving public education in the state of Illinois.

Jim Oberweis The Businessman With a head for figures, Jim Oberweis launched a career in the financial industry, and soon became a nationally recognized, award-winning business analyst. Like many of Illinois' small business people, Jim Oberweis started his business from scratch, with little more than a dream. Today, Oberweis Asset Management, run by his son, Jim, manages investments totaling over $1.7 billion.

Late in life, Jim's brother became ill, and the family's seventy-five year old business, Oberweis Dairy, was on the verge of closure or sale. Jim bought the dairy, and during his time as Chairman, Oberweis Dairy and Ice Cream Stores has grown from fifty employees and one ice cream store to over 1,000 employees and 39 stores. Jim knows how to grow jobs.

Jim Oberweis ..The Reformer Jim Oberweis has not been a part of the mess in Springfield. As a reformer, Jim is dedicated to ending business as usual in Springield. As Governor, Jim Oberweis will not accept any campaign contributions from companies doing business with state government.

Jim Oberweis will roll back tax and fee increases that hurt taxpayers and drive jobs out of Illinois.

Jim Oberweis will undertake a thorough audit of sate government and eliminate the expensive and wasteful contracts being given to politically connected insiders.

Jim Oberweis will continue to be a leader in the fight for homeland security and against a wave of illegal immigration in which terrorists and violent criminals hide.

The OBERWEIS Plan to Reform Illinois Government:

Jim Oberweis - Qualified to Lead:


From an email from FactCheck.org:

Faking News in the Illinois Governor Race

Oberweis uses made-up headlines against a rival in the GOP primary.

March 3, 2006

Summary

A Republican candidate in Illinois is running TV ads using fake headlines.

Jim Oberweis launched the ads against the frontrunner in the state's GOP gubernatorial primary, Judy Baar Topinka. He accuses her of being part of a “culture of political corruption.” Besides Oberweis's fakery, he misleads by resurrecting decade-old allegations that came to nothing.

Analysis

Oberweis launched two ads March 1 attacking Topinka, saying “I want to end this culture of political corruption in the state of Illinois.” But as the Chicago Tribune first reported (and we confirmed for ourselves) all four newspaper headlines shown in Oberweis's ad are fake, and never appeared in the newspapers pictured.

Oberweis for Governor Ad “A”

(On Screen: A folder labeled “Open Investigation: Illinois Treasurer’s Office” and a picture of Judy Barr Topinka. A magnifying glass scans over the picture.)

(Text: Federal Investigation) Topinka is under investigation by federal agents. Her top aides ordered documents shredded. (On Screen: St. Louis Post Dispatch masthead with headline: Ordered to Destroy Document)

(On Screen: Chicago Tribune masthead with headline: Investigation Into Topinka) It's time for a new type of Governor, Jim Oberweis.

Oberweis: I want to be your Governor. I want to end this culture of political corruption in the state of Illinois . Together we can build a new Illinois , an economically strong Illinois , a proud Illinois free from political corruption.

False Implications

One ad that the Oberweis campaign simply calls “Ad 'A,'” uses a made-up headline that exaggerates a decade-old allegation.

Fake: The ad shows a St. Louis Post Dispatch masthead with the headline “Ordered to Destroy Document” while the announcer says, ”[Topinka's] top aides ordered documents shredded.” The Post Dispatch never ran such a headline.

Real: The ad refers to a story from nearly 11 years ago, a June 27, 1995 article that appeared on page 4A. The real headline reads: “Illinois Treasurer Aide is Accused; Loans, Hotel Investor' List are Involved.”

The ad also misleads by claiming Topinka's “aides” ordered the destruction of “documents,” when in fact only a single aide and a single document were involved. The document was not destroyed. Topinka made it public.

According to the very news article the ad cites, Topinka's spokesman at the time said his superior, Topinka's deputy, had ordered him to destroy a list of investors in a hotel project. But Topinka made it public after being told of the alleged destruction order.

Fake: The ad also shows the Chicago Tribune masthead with the headline, “Investigation Into Topinka.” The Tribune ran no such headline.

Real: The article in question was a June 2003 piece in the Tribune with a headline that reads: “Campaign probe of Topinka launched; U.S. subpoenas workers' records.”

Oberweis's ad also misleads by saying “Topinka is under investigation by federal agents, her top aide ordered documents shredded.” That falsely implies that she is currently under investigation on the old document-destruction matter, which is false. In fact, it is doubtful that any investigation is still open. Topinka, the Illinois State Treasurer, did come under federal scrutiny in 2003 after allegations were made that state employees had worked on state time for her successful re-election campaign the year before. Topinka's campaign told FactCheck.org that all subpoenaed documents were provided to the FBI and they have yet, three years later, to hear back from investigators. An internal investigation into the matter was completed in 2003 but state law bars it from being publicly released unless misconduct is found.

A “rotten” deal?

Oberweis's second ad, simply called “Ad 'B,'” inaccurately portrays a real estate deal between the state of Illinois and several businessmen that can be traced back 12 years before Topinka was even in office.

Oberweis for Governor Ad “B”

Announcer: Take a closer look at Judy Baar Topinka.

Announcer: Topinka tried to give away millions of taxpayer dollars to insider friends. A deal so rotten the Republican Attorney General ordered it blocked.

Announcer: It's time for a new kind of governor; Jim Oberweis.

Oberweis: In my lifetime, four former Illinois governors have been indicted or served time in prison. As governor, I will not accept campaign contributions from companies doing business with the state of Illinois . I need your vote on March 21st.

In 1982, the state made a loan to the businessmen to develop several commercial properties, notably a pair of hotels. By 1995, the debt had not been paid back and the hotels had become unprofitable according to several news reports from the time. Topinka, in her first year in office, made an offer to settle the $40 million debt for $10 million based on an appraisal done by Real Estate Analysis Corp. of Chicago that valued the state's stake in the hotels at $11.7 million.

Fake: The Oberweis ad claims that Topinka “tried to give away millions of taxpayer dollars to insider friends,” while displaying the masthead of the Chicago Sun-Times with the banner headline, “$30 Million Sweetheart Deal.” No such headline ever appeared in the newspaper.

Real: The real headline appeared over an editorial (not a news story) on page 41 of the May 3, 1995 edition of the Sun-Times. It reads: “Sweetheart Deal Should Be Jilted.” The “insider friends,” the ad refers to are two of the hotel owners and prominent political activists and fundraisers, William F. Cellini and Gary Fears. However, the editorial does not draw any connections between Topinka and either Cellini or Fears. FactCheck.org reviewed other news coverage and campaign finance records and found no connection.

Fake: The ad continues with the fake headline, “Attorney General Blocks Bad Deal,” displayed below The State Journal-Register's masthead.

Real: The actual article headline reads, “Hotels' debt deal blocked; Attorney General cites U of I study.”

While the fake headlines appear an announcer says the deal was “so rotten, the Republican Attorney General ordered it blocked.” The Republican Attorney General at the time, Jim Ryan, did indeed kill the deal offered by Topinka two months after it was made. But he didn't call it “rotten.” Topinka had relied on an appraisal that turned out to be too low. The deal may be viewed as “bad,” as Ryan concluded at the time, but there were no indications or serious allegations of any foul play.

Ryan blocked the settlement based on a study done by University of Illinois financial experts which valued the properties at around $19 million – nearly double the amount of the appraisal Topinka used. The financial experts from the University of Illinois assigned blame to the competing auditors – not to Topinka. In a letter to the Chicago Sun Times they said: “we believe the treasurer has been misled by mistakes in the 1994 appraisal concerning the value of the state's claims on the Springfield property.” Topinka later withdrew her offer. The hotel owners sued, and ten years later, in June of 2005, the Supreme Court of Illinois ruled that Topinka was within her rights to withdraw the offer.

Culture of Deception

Campaigns often use real newspaper headlines in their TV ads to document their own statements and give them the credibility of a supposedly neutral third party. In our judgment, making up headlines and passing them off as real is a deception.

Oberweis campaign director Joe Wiegand admitted to us that the headlines were not real. “Those aren't headlines,” he said. “The text is excerpted from stories that appeared in those publications.” However, the words in the ad don't appear verbatim in the body of the news stories either. They are the campaign's paraphrases, and furthermore are used in a misleading way. They made it appear that newspapers were running front-page news stories about an ongoing investigation of document destruction and “corruption,” when that is far from true.

As these ads demonstrate, some political campaigns see no problem with this sort of deception. As Weigand told the Tribune, “We are not printing a newspaper. We are doing a television advertisement.”

by Brooks Jackson, Justin Bank, and James Ficaro

Sources:


Gubernatorial candidates bicker in debate

By Deanna Bellandi The Associated Press

CHICAGO — Bill Brady and Jim Oberweis jabbed at one another over illegal immigration, government spending and more Thursday as the Republican candidates for governor debated for the last time before election day.

Brady accused Oberweis of talking tough on immigration but not lobbying for changes in the law.

“Where were you?” Brady asked. “I didn't see you down in Springfield. In fact, I haven't seen you in Springfield lobbying on one initiative.”

Later, Oberweis accused Brady, a state senator, of failing to stand up against business tax and fee increases sought by Democratic Gov. Rod Blagojevich.

“Your record is, you didn't vote against those increases,” said Oberweis, an Aurora investment manager and dairy owner.

But the legislative records don't support Oberweis' claim.

The vote he cited took place early in the legislative process, long before any taxes or fees were involved. Once the bill was amended to include those increases, Brady voted against the proposal.

A third candidate, Chicago businessman Ron Gidwitz, largely avoided the bickering but created confusion about his position on taxes.

Gidwitz said he is not taking a pledge against raising taxes if he is elected. But in his response to a questionnaire from The Associated Press last month, Gidwitz ruled out an increase.

“I will hold the line on the major taxes such as the income and sales taxes because I do not believe state taxes should be increased,” he said in the questionnaire.

The Republican front-runner, state Treasurer Judy Baar Topinka, skipped the debate. She says she has spent enough time discussing her positions and is tired of listening to criticism from her opponents.

“I think it's pretty clear that every debate she's participated in has been a disaster for her,” Oberweis said.

- Associated Press writer Christopher Wills contributed to this story. 03/17/06

From: http://www.suburbanchicagonews.com/politics/state/3_1_EL17_A4GOVERNOR_S1.html


Gov hopefuls woo conservatives

March 17, 2006

BY SCOTT FORNEK Political Reporter

Republican gubernatorial hopefuls Jim Oberweis and Bill Brady used the final TV debate Thursday night to battle for the support of conservative primary voters in a smiling, but often contentious, series of squabbles over immigration, taxes and experience.

“Bill, I'd like to know if you voted against those big spending increases that you would like to now roll back?” Oberweis asked Brady, accusing the state senator from Bloomington of voting against $2.2 billion in fee increases.

Brady countered, “For 12 years in the General Assembly, I have fought against tax increases. You don't have a record.”

When North Side businessman Ron Gidwitz interrupted to say he was consistent in fighting tax and fee increases on business, Brady said Gidwitz “did a good job,” adding, “I don't know where you were, Jim.”

Sponsored by WTTW-Channel 11 and the City Club of Chicago, the debate was the last among GOP gubernatorial candidates in Tuesday's primary. Front-runner Judy Baar Topinka opted out after participating in four others, and perennial candidate Andy Martin wasn't included.

The three candidates who did attend took a couple of shots at the absent front-runner when moderator Phil Ponce asked what they admired about the state treasurer.

“She's spontaneous,” Oberweis. said. “I think that's a great attribute when you're treasurer, maybe not quite so good when you're running for governor.”

Gidwitz said she did “a reasonably good job as treasurer” but said he was disappointed in her leadership as state GOP chairman in 2004.

“She's a nice lady,” he said. “She believes in building a stronger Illinois. Unfortunately, I don't believe that Judy's got the skill state to be the chief executive officer of this state.”

But the real clashes were all between Oberweis and Brady.

In one of the sharper exchanges, Oberweis said he attended last week's pro-immigrant march in downtown Chicago to “offer a reasoned response to some of the extremism that was being displayed.”

'You shouldn't be running'

When it was his turn, Brady took a dig at Oberweis, who drew fire for airing TV commercials during his failed U.S. Senate in which he flew over Soldier Field in a helicopter and claimed the number of illegal immigrants entering the country each week would fill the arena.

“I want to know what your reasoned response was,” Brady asked Oberweis. “I haven't heard one.”

Oberweis countered by saying he opposed allowing the children of illegal immigrants to pay the in-state tuition rate for state colleges and universities and recognizing identification cards issued by the Mexican Embassy – two measures Brady supported.

“A lot of wrong responses, but what's reasoned, Jim?” Brady countered. “I haven't seen one proactive initiative. And you know what, my parents didn't raise me to hold children responsible for their parents' actions.”

Brady also hit Oberweis for a case in which two illegal immigrants threatened to file a complaint, accusing his dairy of hiring a janitorial firm that paid below the minimum wage. Oberweis said the two never worked for him but were hired by an employee of a subcontractor without authorization of superiors. He said the complaint was never filed

“You knew it was wrong,” he told Brady.

Smiling, Brady insisted, “Jim, I only know what I read in the paper.”

“Well, that's a shame,” Oberweis shot back. “If you only know what you read in the paper, you shouldn't be running for governor, Bill.”

From: http://www.suntimes.com/output/elect/cst-nws-gov171.html


Milk magnate hoping third time's the charm

March 12, 2006

BY DAVE MCKINNEY Sun-Times Springfield Bureau Chief

Once ballots are totaled in the March 21 Republican gubernatorial primary, Jim Oberweis' political career can be summed up by one of two cliches: Either three strikes and you're out, or third time is a charm.

Oberweis' run for the Executive Mansion marks the third time in three election cycles he has set his sights on a highly sought political office. In 2002 and 2004, Oberweis wanted to be U.S. senator but each time wound up finishing second in crowded Republican primaries.

Hits hard at GOP leader

The message Oberweis has fashioned this go-around is that he is the GOP's reform candidate for governor, someone not favored by the party establishment nor someone who was in Springfield as corruption flourished under Republican George Ryan.

“We'll end this culture of corruption that has been so prevalent in this state,” said Oberweis, a multimillionaire who has pledged not to accept campaign contributions from state contractors, zeroing in on an issue that promises to dog Gov. Blagojevich should he win the Democratic primary.

“He's not associated with all this crap, corruption, and mess, inappropriate legislation and pay to play, the bipartisan culture of sleaze,” said Jack Roeser, president of the Family Taxpayers Network, his largest financial patron.

To that end, the dairy magnate and investment manager doesn't frame the ethics issue only around Democrats. Oberweis has slammed his own party with fervor.

He has hit the fund-raising practices of GOP rival Judy Baar Topinka and lashed out at Illinois' National Republican Committeeman Robert Kjellander for reeling in $809,000 in consulting fees from Bear, Stearns & Co., which the administration chose as the lead underwriter for its 2003 $10 billion pension borrowing deal.

“This is a poster child for what's wrong with the Republican Party. Here's a guy who's supposed to be a high-ranking officer of the Republican Party, yet he's paid an $809,000 commission to lobby on behalf of the Democratic governor's bond debt deal,” Oberweis said.

Kjellander, treasurer of the National Republican Committee, dismisses Oberweis as an irrelevant opportunist.

“This is a guy who desperately wants to be important. Jim cares about no kind of principle, other than he desperately, desperately wants to be elected to something. He's really rather pathetic,” he said.

On other issues, Oberweis, 59, has a platform consistent with the agenda of the GOP's far right. He opposes tax increases and all abortions except to save the mother's life. He believes minors seeking abortions should have a parent's OK. He favors school vouchers and opposes gambling expansion. He backs allowing concealed weapons.

Supporters say his background running the family dairy operation and a $2 billion investment firm bearing his name make him ready to take control of the state's $54 billion budget.

“I think he'd make a great governor. Jim's great asset is he knows how to run something, and in the process, he might achieve honest budget cuts instead of show-and-tell and magic,” said former U.S. Rep. Ed Derwinski, chairman of Oberweis' political fund and a veteran of GOP politics.

But Derwinski, who first met Oberweis while chairing Republican Barry Goldwater's 1964 Illinois campaign, said he worries Oberweis may have swung too far to the right.

“I've been a little frustrated, being the wise old statesman, that I haven't been consulted a lot in their campaign. When I have, I've said, 'Don't get painted into the far right corner, and leave yourself some room for the fall,' ” Derwinski said. “I don't really know who's calling the shots sometimes.”

STYLE

To sell himself as a homespun conservative steeped in Midwestern values, Jim Oberweis takes a cooler full of vanilla ice cream samples from his Aurora dairy to political functions, doling out frozen treats to supporters and the curious.

But on the stump, he has a style that is anything but soft-serve. He seems to relish confrontation to make a point. However, a trait supporters call plainspokenness has created backlashes and raised questions about his temperament and political savvy.

One of the most memorable images of Oberweis was his August 2005 appearance at Republican Day at the Illinois State Fair, an event designed to be a political pep rally.

Oberweis took the dais and wasted no time calling for the ouster of National Republican Committeeman Robert Kjellander, who was seated a few feet behind him on the stage and left with no option but to listen to Oberweis' searing words with a sour look on his face.

Kjellander has faced widespread criticism for an $809,000 consulting fee his lobbying firm pocketed for work associated with Democratic Gov. Blagojevich's $10 billion pension borrowing deal in 2003.

Oberweis' speech is “one of the best things he ever did,” conservative activist Jack Roeser said. “He stood up in public in a place where he was putting it on the line and said something that was bound to get press attention about these rotten people.”

But other senior Republicans at the event were stunned at Oberweis' venom, even those who are not particularly enamored with Kjellander's leadership.

“It's ironic because we share concerns about Bob's effectiveness as a state party leader and national committeeman,” said House Minority Leader Tom Cross (R-Oswego), who Thursday endorsed the gubernatorial candidacy of Republican Treasurer Judy Baar Topinka.

FUNDS

The pockets on Jim Oberweis' tailored business suits don't look unusual, except for how deep they are.

Through the beginning of this month, Oberweis and his businesses have pumped $2.9 million in direct cash donations, loans or contributed services into his political fund, state campaign records show.

That total accounts for approximately 85 cents of every dollar that has come into the Oberweis for Illinois campaign account since it was formed in March 2005.

But it's barely a drop in the bucket for the Aurora dairy magnate and investor, who told the Sun-Times he expects to spend in excess of $3 million on his campaign for governor.

Oberweis' net worth ranged as high as $29.9 million in federal income disclosures he filed in August 2003 as part of his second U.S. Senate bid.

Beyond how his personal wealth has inflated his campaign fund, the next-largest investor in Oberweis for Illinois is conservative activist Jack Roeser and the Family Taxpayers Network organization that Roeser founded and leads. The Roeser-related contributions total more than $200,000.

The fact that Oberweis has pumped so much of his own funds into his campaign will enable him to remain independent and not sell out taxpayers by bowing to the interests of big-money donors, Roeser said.

“This guy is too rich to steal,” Roeser said.

After Roeser, Oberweis' next-largest donor is Sugar Grove developer Jerry Rich, who donated nearly $57,000 last year. Rich owns a 1,800-acre estate that includes a professional-caliber 18-hole golf course, a horse farm and prairie.

Oberweis' outside financial commitments drop off significantly after Rich, state campaign records show.

BAGGAGE

Steve Neal, the late Chicago Sun-Times political columnist, dubbed Jim Oberweis the “human weather vane” and, less generously, “the Milk Dud.”

The reason behind Neal's antipathy toward Oberweis as he geared up for a 2004 U.S. Senate run was his abrupt, inexplicable shift on abortion, an issue that dogs the Aurora dairy magnate and investor to this day.

But more broadly, that shift underlies trust issues that some groups have with Oberweis and demonstrates how earlier incarnations of Oberweis threaten to haunt him in his current campaign.

Abortion is perhaps the most obvious example. In a 2001 interview with radio personality Steve Dahl, Oberweis said government ought to leave the issue alone, citing Afghanistan's Taliban rulers as “what can happen if we try to impose our religious views on others.”

The comment infuriated the GOP's right wing, and Oberweis backpedaled. So much so that now, rather than adopting a hands-off approach on abortion, the candidate said he would sign legislation to outlaw abortions even in cases of rape and incest.

Oberweis also is remembered for the inflammatory anti-immigration ad he approved in 2004. He flew over Soldier Field in a helicopter to underscore that the number of illegal immigrants entering America on a daily basis could fill the stadium, but his math didn't pass muster with some critics.

“Did the ad effectively portray our position? Yes. Was the ad too harsh in its tone? Probably,” Oberweis said.

And try as he might to capitalize on the pay-to-play scandals that have led to criminal probes of Gov. Blagojevich's administration, Oberweis has a past link to former Gov. George Ryan that has raised questions.

In 2003, Oberweis traveled to Kankakee to court Ryan for his support in the 2004 Senate primary as federal investigators crept ever closer toward indicting Ryan on corruption charges.

“I didn't know the facts of the case. I didn't know as much about George Ryan's history as I do today,” Oberweis said when asked about the Ryan meeting. “I wish I had known more.”

OBERWEIS' PICKS

From: http://www.suntimes.com/output/elect/cst-nws-oberprof12.html


Oberweis booed for gripes against Topinka

March 8, 2006

BY CHRISTOPHER WILLS

SPRINGFIELD – Jim Oberweis drew boos and jeers twice Tuesday when he accused rival Judy Baar Topinka of unethical conduct during a Republican gubernatorial debate where mudslinging overshadowed substance.

The chorus of disapproval came when Oberweis alleged that Topinka, the state treasurer, ordered a potentially embarrassing document to be shredded more than a decade ago.

Topinka denied any wrongdoing.

“He thinks he's going to bully me because I'm a woman? Well, forget it, she said after the debate. One of their opponents, Bill Brady, warned that the attacks and counterattacks are weakening the Republican Party. But another GOP candidate, Ron Gidwitz, said primary races are meant to bring such accusations to the surface for voters to judge. Oberweis is running campaign ads accusing Topinka of, among other things, ordering the destruction of an important document. To bolster his claim, Oberweis has produced a statement from Topinka's former chief of staff, Martin Kovarik. Oberweis was asked once about contradictions in Kovarik's statement, generating a smattering of boos when he said Kovarik may be wrong about some details but can be trusted about the larger allegation, which Topinka denies. “I think it's clear that his allegations fully justify our claims,” said Oberweis, an Aurora dairy owner and businessman. He brought up the issue again later in the debate during a question about smoking. The audience responded with a flood of boos. Document shredding ordered? Topinka denies ever telling Kovarik to shred the document, a list of investors in a hotel that had failed to repay a state loan. The list was not destroyed and eventually was made public. None of it is true. We do not shred official documents, Topinka said. Topinka says Kovarik is a disgruntled ex-aide with an ax to grind after he was forced to leave his position as deputy treasurer in 1995 because he owed more than $50,000 to the IRS. Brady, a Bloomington state senator, criticized the negative tone. “It's a waste of energy to attack other candidates,” Brady said, adding that it will “make it hard to rebuild the Republican Party.” Kovarik says he and Topinka had a romantic relationship, a claim Topinka will not discuss. Gidwitz said it's wrong for state officials to give jobs to people they're involved with. “It's too close and it creates a real potential for conflict of interest, he said.

Aside from the sparks over Oberweis' accusation, the debate largely covered familiar ground and elicited stock answers.

At one point, Topinka was asked to estimate the size of the state deficit and responded with her view on controlling pension costs.

From: http://www.suntimes.com/output/elect/cst-nws-debate08.html


Faking News in the Illinois Governor Race -Oberweis uses made-up headlines against a rival in the GOP primary.

March 3, 2006

A Republican candidate in Illinois is running TV ads using fake headlines.

Jim Oberweis launched the ads against the frontrunner in the state's GOP gubernatorial primary, Judy Baar Topinka. He accuses her of being part of a “culture of political corruption.” Besides Oberweis's fakery, he misleads by resurrecting decade-old allegations that came to nothing.

Analysis

Oberweis launched two ads March 1 attacking Topinka, saying “I want to end this culture of political corruption in the state of Illinois.” But as the Chicago Tribune first reported (and we confirmed for ourselves) all four newspaper headlines shown in Oberweis's ad are fake, and never appeared in the newspapers pictured.

See this page for the whole story: http://www.factcheck.org/article378.html


From a flyer sent to my house. Paid for by Oberweis for Illinois:

Judy Topinka: In the News

Judy Topinka is in the news. Unfortunately, it is not the news Republican voters want to read. Topinka has been a Springfield politician for over 20 years. She has been a part of the ruling Republican elite that has brought our Party to where it is today.

Take a look at Judy Topinka. Does she really represent Republican values?

Judy Topinka - Too Liberal for Illinois Republicans

Jim Oberweis is a real Republican with real Republican values. He thinks Republicans should have a real choice against leberal Democrat Rod Blagojevich. Here is what Jim believes:

Jim Oberweis, Answering the Call for Reform!

The OBERWEIS Plan to Reform Illinois Government:

Jim Oberweis- Qualified to Lead:

 
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