State Sen. Jim Oberweis (R-Sugar Grove), the lawmaker behind legislation that raised Illinois' speed limit from 65 mph to 70 mph on some interstate highway roads, has received 11 speeding tickets since 1998, the Chicago Tribune found.
Oberweis, who is currently running for the U.S. Senate, was issued two tickets in 2012, when he was first elected to the Illinois Senate. Those two tickets were for speeding at least 20 miles above the limit in a 40 mph zone.
All told, Oberweis received 10 speeding tickets in Illinois and one in Florida, the Tribune found. Oberweis' campaign director, Tom Mannix, told the newspaper, "Him getting the speeding tickets has nothing to do with him getting legislation to pass a speed limit."
In Illinois' March 18 Republican primary for the U.S. Senate, Oberweis is competing against Doug Truax of Downers Grove. The two GOP candidates are vying to challenge incumbent U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL).
The newspaper found that Truax has also received two speeding tickets, one in 2001 and another in 2011.