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Kane County Republican committee secretary backs Oberweis in 14th District


By Glenn Minnis | Aug 21, 2019

Sen. Jim Oberweis

Connie Von Keudell is sure about what she wants in the next U.S. Congressmember from the 14th District.

“I think it’s very important that we have someone who holds the values of the Republican majority of smaller government and less taxes,” Von Keudell, secretary of the Kane County Republican Central Committee, told the Kane County Reporter of the reasons behind her endorsement of state Sen. Jim Oberweis (R-Sugar Grove). “I like Jim; he’s a longtime Republican, very smart and as honest as the day is long.”

Von Keudell said there are other strong candidates from a crowded field that also includes state Sen. Sue Rezin (R-Morris), state Rep. Allen Skillicorn (R-East Dundee) and Kendall County Republican chairman James Marter that intrigue her.

“I like Sue Rezin,” she said. “She’s very smart and has some great ideas.”

Ditto for Oberweis, who Von Keudell said scores points with her with the way he seeks to keep all his constituents engaged on the ways of Springfield.

“I really appreciate his weekly newsletter, the details of the summary of what happens in Springfield,” she said. “He protest taxes; he tries, but it’s really difficult being the minority.”

After serving in Springfield for the last seven years, Oberweis recently announced he plans to relinquish his 25th District seat to challenge first-term incumbent U.S. Rep. Lauren Underwood (D-Underwood).  

“I think Lauren Underwood is just running,” Von Keudell said. “She seems to be a follower, does what she’s told. ... I think she needs to get out and go door to door like she did when she was running and listen to all sides and not just what (U.S. House Speaker) Nancy Pelosi tells her.”   

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