The Daily Herald from Arlington Heights, Illinois on March 9, 2008 · Page 5
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SUNDAY, MARCH 9, 2008 ConJfciusd from Pago 1 DAILY HERALD SECTION 1 PACE S Election: Both had strong backing from national parties Continued from Rige 1 loud and clear. It's time for a change," Foster said. Oberweis, addressing supporters and media in St. Charles, said when he called Foster to concede, he "encouraged him to remember our hopes of lower taxes rathef than higher taxes. "I'm really disappointed that we came up second but that's where we're at," said Oberweis, who had Hastert's backing in the race. Voters were wooed intensely for a month following the Feb. 5 special primary. And Foster, Oberweis and the voters get to do it all again in November, as the two men face each other for a full 2- year term. The 14th Congressional District is in parts of seven counties, and stretches from Carpentersville south and west to the Mississippi River. Hastert held the seat for 21 years. From January 1999 to the end of 2006 he was speaker of the House. Both Foster and Oberweis spent large chunks of their own money on the special election. Oberweis, as of Feb. 25, had lent his campaign $2.3 million. Foster lent his campaign $1.3 million. National party committees threw support behind the candidates, bringing in campaign staff and advertising. PAUL MICMNA/pmichna@clailyhcraltl.com Democrat Bill Foster Is all smiles while surrounded by supporters at Long Island Sound in Aurora after winning Saturday's special election for the 14th Congressional District seat. The county clerks have to turn in the results by April 5 to the Illinois State Board of Elections. The ISBE has to canvass them by April 12. Oberweis campaigned as a fiscal and social conservative. He called for a voluntary program of allowing workers to privately invest some of their Social Security contributions in exchange for delaying receipt of their full retirement benefit for seven years past normal retirement age. 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Foster criticized Oberweis' stance on illegal immigration. He also filed a complaint with the Federal Election Commission about Oberweis' campaign finances. He charged that Oberweis failed to notify him and the national Democratic Party that he was loaning his campaign more than $350,000 within 48 hours of doing so, as required by a law known as the "Millionaires Amendment." The law is intended to allow an opposing candidate to access more campaign resources in response. Foster played up his science background, promising to use logic to approach problems. He also campaigned as an agent for change, including having Sen. Barack Obama cut a television ad for him. Sen. John McCain made an appearance in Sugar Grove on behalf of Oberweis. Oberweis ran unsuccessfully, in 2002 and 2004, for the Republican nomination for the U.S. Senate, and in 2006 for the GOP nomination for governor. Irregularities in special election? BY NANCY GIER ngirr&ilnilyhfinM.rnm Democrats reported voting irregularities Saturday during the 14th District special election between Republican Jim Oberweis and Democrat Bill Foster to replace retiring Dennis Hastert. Justin Major, a voter protection lawyer for the Foster campaign, observed that the word "Republican" flashed on a touch-screen voting booth at Pioneer School at 615 Kenwood in West Chicago as though it was a primary election. The ballot was normal otherwise, and the word came up only on the screen. Paper ballots were also available, and no problems were reported with the use of paper. Major said the same problem was reported to him by election judges at St. Andrew's Country Club on Route 59 in West Chicago; at Faith Community Church at 910 Main St. in West Chicago; and at Wegner School, 1180 Marcella Lane in West Chicago. He said it also was reported at the Bartlett Community Center, 700 S. Bartlett Road in Bartlett, where voting for five precincts takes place. 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