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Endorsements for Illinois Senate

25th District: Humbled by past defeats for high-profile offices, Republican dairy magnate Jim Oberweis of Sugar Grove has dialed back his famously abrasive style and set his sights on the Senate, where he says his business acumen is desperately needed. Blackberry Township supervisor Dave Richmond of Batavia has business experience on a much smaller scale — he owns a Lube Pros franchise in Bolingbrook, with 12 employees — but he’s more likely to have a genuine interest in state government.

33rd District: Republican Kane County Board chairman Karen McConnaughay has a take-charge attitude and the results to back it up: On her watch, Kane County government’s share of residents’ property tax bills has dropped to 5 cents of every dollar, down from 7 cents a decade ago.

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