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Skillicorn endorses Oberweis in crowded 14th Congressional District race

Illinois state Rep. Allen Skillicorn, R-Crystal Lake, addresses area residents April 27 at a town hall meeting concerning the proposed Illinois graduated income tax at the Lake in the Hills village hall.
Illinois state Rep. Allen Skillicorn, R-Crystal Lake, addresses area residents April 27 at a town hall meeting concerning the proposed Illinois graduated income tax at the Lake in the Hills village hall.

State Rep. Allen Skillicorn, R-East Dundee, formally endorsed state Sen. Jim Oberweis, R-Sugar Grove, for Congress in the 14th District on Wednesday.

In a news release sent Wednesday, Skillicorn urged district voters to rally around a true conservative with a proven record of standing up for taxpayers in order to unseat Democrat Lauren Underwood.

“From Day 1, in the state Legislature, I have been a consistent opponent to tax increases,” Skillicorn said. “The one member in the State Senate with a similar record of opposition to taxes is Jim Oberweis. Lauren Underwood will do nothing but vote for tax increases. Jim Oberweis will stand up for taxpayers.”

He added that Oberweis will be a strong leader on border security.

“The open border policies being pushed by team Nancy Pelosi/Lauren Underwood are putting our nation at risk,” Skillicorn said. “I have every confidence that Jim Oberweis will be the leader we need on border security.”

Oberweis said in the release that it was an honor to receive Skillicorn’s endorsement.

“It means a great deal to me to have [Skillicorn’s] support because Allen has become a strong voice for conservative ideas and conservative values,” Oberweis said. “His support speaks volumes. It sends a message that I am the conservative leader voters can trust and I am the conservative who can beat the Pelosi/Underwood team.”

Oberweis faces a number of challengers in the 2020 primary: state Sen. Sue Rezin, R-Morris; Anthony Catella of St. Charles; Danny Malouf of Crystal Lake; former Kendall County Republicans Chairman James Marter; Ted Gradel of Naperville; and Catalina Lauf of Woodstock.

Skillicorn previously had stated he was mulling over his own Congressional run.

In a letter to Republican leadership regarding a “fire Lauren Underwood pizza party” held in March – which was meant to strategize how to win back the 14th Congressional District – Skillicorn said he has demonstrated conservative reform leadership needed to save the nation and improve families’ lives.

“And, I am serious about helping President [Donald] Trump drain the swamp and empower the American people,” Skillicorn said in the letter. “If I am fortunate enough to serve as your congressman, I will be a tireless party builder to peel back the corrupt, corrosive influence of Nancy Pelosi and the new batch of Democratic socialists that threaten our jobs, communities, families and freedom while benefiting special interests.”

However, Skillicorn said Wednesday he has announced his intentions to run for reelection in the Illinois House. He is being challenged in the primary by McHenry County Board member Carolyn Schofield, whom he also ran against in 2016.

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