About Jim Oberweis


Jim Oberweis is a successful entrepreneur, family man, and common sense conservative. Over the course of his four decade career as a small businessman, he’s helped create thousands of jobs in Illinois. He knows first-hand how high taxes and burdensome regulations can prevent businesses from expanding and creating the new jobs we need, and he’s committed to reforming our government.

A native of Illinois’ Fox Valley region, Jim graduated from Marmion Military Academy before going on to earn a B.A. from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana and, later, an M.B.A. from the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business.

After graduating from the University of Illinois, he took his first job as a math and science teacher at Waldo Junior High School in Aurora. Soon thereafter, he launched a career in the financial services industry. Today, Oberweis Asset Management manages over $1 billion in growth stock assets.

Jim also serves as the Chairman of Oberweis Dairy, a business founded by Jim’s grandfather, Peter, who began delivering milk to his Aurora neighbors in 1915. Twenty-five years ago, Jim purchased the family business and developed and implemented a successful strategy for growth. Under Jim’s leadership, the Dairy has grown from a small home delivery company with one ice cream store and 50 employees, to 43 ice cream stores with more than 1,200 employees.

Jim knows the harsh reality of non-government finance, which means a successful small business owner must make sure that expenses don’t run ahead of revenues.  Jim’s life experiences have led him to be a common sense conservative: pro-life, pro-2nd Amendment, pro-tax cut, pro-spending cut, and pro- growth. He is determined to cut the special-interest pork and end wasteful government spending, and will stand up for traditional cultural values.

Jim has long been active as a leading member and supporter of the Republican Party and conservative organizations. He currently serves as Secretary of the United Republican Fund.

Jim is well known for his philanthropic endeavors. More than two decades ago, he established the Oberweis Foundation as a charitable trust created to help children and adults in difficult economic circumstances, such as those served by Hesed House and the Northern Illinois Food Bank, on whose Board of Directors Jim serves.

Jim is married to Julie. He has five adult children, two stepchildren, and nineteen grandchildren, most of whom call Illinois home.

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commented 2014-10-22 08:21:22 -0500 · Flag
“Jim knows the harsh reality of non-government finance”
commented 2014-10-07 13:37:53 -0500 · Flag
I am wondering what the views of the candidates are on the ongoing debate of the minimum wage. Are you for or against it?
commented 2014-09-17 10:21:19 -0500 · Flag
Dick Durban said that Immigration Reform would help contain Ebola.
Here is the link to the Breitbart.com story.

commented 2014-09-04 10:46:53 -0500 · Flag
Hope you can win this election, and glad we have a common-sense conservative running in Illinois. We need you in the US Senate!
commented 2014-07-23 11:55:44 -0500 · Flag
Senator Durbin’s letter to Walgreens is a Joke and a disgrace to the U.S. as a whole. Does the constitution require us to pay more in taxes than required by law ? Instead of Tax & Spend and Tax more, maybe Senator Durbin should try to fix the tax code. Will Mr. Oberweis address the corporate tax issue & fix the code to make the U.S. more attractive to the companies of the world ? Cut the rate, keep them (and more) here, better 3/4 full than 0 full. Durbin — Too long in office & Too out of touch.
commented 2014-03-21 15:48:22 -0500 · Flag
you must go on the attack about jobsbut go after se`n Dick Durbin voting record on ACCA better known as Obamacarehe voted for the ACA but then he voted to take away your doctor,hoopital you can go to and he also voted to take away your insurance in the 2nd vote on Obamacare!
commented 2014-03-19 18:09:32 -0500 · Flag
I am a 56 year old African American Woman. I voted for Jim Oberweis because he chose (Family) over politics-and spent time with his wife-celebrating her birthday. Trying to do that in town would have been too huge of a distraction and I applaud him for doing so -REGARDLESS of what those in the political arena thought. Dear Jim-Don’t play the “dirty” with the political mud-slinging. I don’t think this is so necessary to win a race. Stay with the issues so the mud won’t boomerang.
All the best.
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