It took until the final five weeks of the campaign for the two major-party candidates for U.S. Senate to meet face to face, and sparks flew when they did. Residency was brought up during the meeting Monday involving U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) and State Sen. Jim Oberweis (R-Sugar Grove) in front of the editorial board of the Chicago Tribune.
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Durbin claims Oberweis is using a second home he owns in Florida to lower his tax liability. “And he says it’s about tax advantage in Florida,” Durbin said, “because we know that they don’t have a state income tax.”
Oberweis dismissed those claims, saying he has lived in same home in Sugar Grove for 37 years, and there’s no truth to accusations that he doesn’t pay state income taxes in Illinois. “That’s another lie he just threw out there. Of course I do,” Oberweis said. “I’m a great customer of the state of Illinois, and they don’t respect that.”
Oberweis’ wife does claim their Florida home as her permanent residence. Oberweis says his wife spent about half of last year living there, while he says he was there only for a few weeks.