An Illinois lawmakers is trying to change state law so car dealers can be open on Sundays. But he's facing long odds.
When Sen. Jim Oberweis, from Sugar Grove, learned it was against the law for a car dealer to be open on Sunday, his Republican instincts kicked in.
"Being a business guy, I thought that I would be the hero of the automobile industry by getting this over-reaching government off the backs of car sales," Oberweis said.
Federal regulators say Illinois' longstanding ban on Sunday automobile sales isn't good for competition and can be harmful to the marketplace.
The Federal Trade Commission says the prohibition on Sunday automobile sales also makes it more difficult for drivers to shop around for the best deal.
The agency issued the statement late last week in response to a measure introduced by state Sen. Jim
Oberweis, who wants to repeal the law that went into effect in 1983. Oberweis asked the FTC to weigh in. Violators can face a $1,500 fine.
Illinois' Republican U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk says he has no plans to campaign with the GOP state lawmaker hoping to unseat Democratic U.S. Sen. DickDurbin in November. On election night, Kirk said he'd support the GOP nominee. Still, he told reporters Monday he's going to be ``protecting his relationship'' with Durbinand won't launch ``into a partisan jihad.'' Durbin is the Senate's No. 2 Democrat. State Sen. Jim Oberweis of Sugar Grove won the GOP nomination last week. His
Voters this month will decide the Republican nominee for U.S. Senate. It's a race between two suburban businessmen, Doug Truax and Jim Oberweis.
The Oberweis name is recognizable for the Illinois based dairy business the candidate started and still owns along with an investment firm.
Oberweis, 67, is also known for his previous five failed campaigns. That included unsuccessful attempts to run for U.S. Senate. He won a state Senate seat in 2012.
At the top of the ticket this year in Illinois is a race for the U-S Senate.
Republican Doug Truax is running against a state Senator, Jim Oberweis in the G-O-P primary. The winner will take on Democrat Dick Durbin in the fall.
Truax is making his first bid for political office. Oberweis lost five previous elections, including two unsuccessful bids for U-S Senate, before being elected to the Illinois General Assembly.