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March 15, 2016 — Illinois Primary Election
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District 25Illinois State Senate — Republican PartyMarch 15, 2016Illinois Primary Election

March 15, 2016Illinois Primary Election

Illinois State SenateDistrict 25 — Republican Party

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Senators serve a two-year term at one part of the decade and serve four-year terms for the rest of the decade. They introduce and vote on new laws, hold hearings, approve appointments to state agencies, and approve the state budget.
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Founder - Oberweis Asset Management and The Oberweis Funds. Currently Chairman of Oberweis Dairy.
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  • Pass a common sense balanced budget
  • Enact the necessary reforms to keep and grow jobs in Illinois
  • Establish defined contribution plan (instead of current budget busting defined benefit plan) for new hires and get necessary funding in place for the current retirement plans to ensure that current employees receive the retirement benefits they are e
Profession:Founder - Oberweis Asset Management and The Oberweis Funds. Currently Chairman of Oberweis Dairy.
Chairman, Oberweis Dairy (1986current)
State Senator, Illinois Senate — Elected position (2013current)
President, Oberweis Securities and Oberweis Asset Management (19942006)
University of Chicago MBA, Business (1980)
University of Illinois - Urbana B/A, Political Science and Economics (1968)
Marmion Military Academy High School (1964)
Trustee, Northern Illinois Food Bank (2011current)
President, Oberweis Foundation (1985current)
Past President, the Illinois Chess Association (19871988)
Past President , University of Chicago Executive Program Alumni Association (19861987)

Jim is an entrepreneur. After starting his career as a math and science teacher at Waldo Jr. High in Aurora, he entered the financial services industry where he started three mutual funds, two stockbrokerage firms and an asset management company that today manages approximately $2.5 billion in growth stock assets. In 1986 he purchased the then 60 year old family business, Oberweis Dairy, a processor of the finest milk and ice cream produced anywhere in the world. In the last 30 years the company has grown from 50 employees to over 1200 today and from $5 million in sales when Jim bought it to $80 million today. The company had one ice cream store in 1990. Today it has 40 with several more under consideration. Jim is Chairman of the Board of Oberweis Dairy. He has been interviewed on CNN, CNBC, Bloomberg TV and many other television stations.

In the 1980s Jim sponsored and directed many chess tournament s for kids in Illinois. Jim's daughter, Julie, became the first female statewide chess champion in Illinois history when she won the state Jr. High Chess Championship in 1991.

In the late 1980's Jim started the Oberweis Foundation, a charitable trust set up to sponsor kid's activities like chess-in-the-schools and to help children and adults in the most difficult economic circumstances, such as those served by Hesed House and Northern Illinois Food Bank.

The Oberweis companies have received numerous awards for outstanding achievement and community service including the 2007 Boy Scouts of America Distinguished Corporate Award for Outstanding Leadership in Helping Build a Better American Community, the Lipper Fund award for Best Mutual Fund over the Last Three Years, Small-Cap Growth Funds, and the Loyola University Family Business Center award for the 2004 Best Large Business in Illinois and, in addition, its Community Service award. According to Morningstar, the Oberweis China Opportunities Fund was the second best performing mutual fund in the country in 2006 out of over 20,000 mutual funds, up an impressive 81% for the year, and has had a 12% compound return since its inception 10 years ago. Jim was selected to receive the Leadership Award from the UIC Family Business Council presented by Crain's.

Mr. Oberweis has an undergraduate degree in Political Science from the University of Illinois and an M.B.A. from the University of Chicago. He has five children, ranging in age from 46 to 35, two step children, and twenty grandchildren. His wife, Julie, works with him at Oberweis Dairy. Jim is past President of the University of Chicago Executive Program Alumni Association and the Illinois Chess Association and has served as a trustee of The Compassion Foundation, the American Chess Foundation, the U.S. Chess Trust, The Oberweis Family of Mutual Funds, Colborne Foodbotics, The Oberweis Foundation, Diamond Marketing, the United Republican Fund, the Prestbury Citizens Association, and the Illinois Republican State Central Committee. He has served as a director of both public and private corporations and the Chicago Presidents' Organization. He has served in the Illinois Senate since 2012 and was also the Republican nominee for the United States Senate in 2014 and defeated Dick Durbin in 88 of the 102 Illinois counties but lost Cook County and the election. In addition to serving in the Illinois Senate, Jim is the Chairman of Oberweis Dairy, Inc.. He is also a FINRA arbitrator and serves on the board of the Northern Illinois Food Bank.

Phone: 630-801-6072

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