Hastert Endorses Oberweis For Congressional Seat

AURORA, Ill. (AP) -- Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert is endorsing Republican businessman Jim Oberweis to fill the congressional seat Hastert vacated last month after 21 years in Washington.

Hastert says there are a number of good candidates in the GOP primary. But he says Oberweis has "the judgment and temperament" to be a good congressman, as well as integrity and a conservative philosophy that fits the district.

During a morning news conference, Oberweis said he's honored and humbled to receive the endorsement.

Governor Rod Blagojevich scheduled a special election for February 5th to vote for candidates to fill the rest of Hastert's term, and the special general election will be March 8th.

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