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Oberweis wins seat in Illinois Senate; Auroran Holmes re-elected

State senate candidate Jim Oberweis left looks electiresults with fellow Republicans includingKane County Board candidate Drew Frasz Tuesday an electinight

State senate candidate Jim Oberweis, left, looks at election results with fellow Republicans, includingKane County Board candidate Drew Frasz Tuesday an election night celebration in Geneva. Mary Beth Nolan~For Sun-Times Media

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Updated: December 8, 2012 6:07AM

After several unsuccessful attempts seeking higher offices, Jim Oberweis won the 25th State Senate race Tuesday.

Oberweis took about 58 percent of the vote in defeating Democratic challenger Corinne Pierog of St. Charles.

The 66-year-old Sugar Grove resident, chairman of Oberweis Dairy and founder of Oberweis Asset Management, made a name for himself as a perennial candidate — the race for the 25th State Senate District marked Oberweis’ sixth run for major political office.

The candidate had both campaign experience and cash on his side.

Pierog, a St. Charles School Board member, sat in the relative quiet of Wild Monk pub in St. Charles and joked that her victory was assured when the first results showed her leading Oberweis by 38 to 23 votes.

“Can we just stop the count here?” she quipped.

Throughout the campaign, Oberweis said that his major priorities for office were reforms that would make the state a more attractive place for businesses. He said he planned to concentrate on workers compensation reform, pension reform and Medicaid eligibility cuts to make the state more efficient.

42nd State Senate

In the race for the newly redrawn 42nd District, which includes most of Aurora and parts of North Aurora, Boulder Hill and Montgomery, incumbent Democrat Linda Holmes won a commanding 64 percent of the vote.

Holmes said Tuesday night she hoped her six years on the job would bring her another election win. She spent the day knocking on doors.

The win followed last-minute name-calling between Holmes and Republican challenger Peter Hurtado. In mailers to homes around the 42nd Senate District in the closing moments of the campaign, Holmes called out Hurtado on his business record, alleging his businesses have been dissolved by the state for failure to pay taxes. Hurtado denies those claims.

Meanwhile, mailers from an organization unregistered with the State Board of Elections characterized Holmes as an enemy to immigrants in the largely Latino district.

In the 49th State Senate race between Democrat Jennifer Bertina-Terrant and Republican Garrett Peck in southeast Kendall County, Bertina-Terrant won the race with 54 percent of the vote.

And in the 38th State Senate race in southwest Kendall County, Republican Sue Rezin took about 54 percent of the vote against Democrat Christine Benson.

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