Senate candidates square off in debate

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The candidates for the Illinois seat in the U.S. Senate squared off in a debate Wednesday night that focused on health care and immigration.

Republican Jim Oberweis and veteran Democrat Dick Durbin, the heavy favorite in the race, went head to head in their only televised debate before the election Nov. 4.
Oberweis has worked hard to paint Durbin as a career politician who's lost touch with the needs of ordinary people in Illinois.

But Durbin raised some questions about where Oberwies actually lives, given that his family keeps a home in Florida.

“In the year 2010, my opponent decided to give up his permanent residency in the state of Illinois for tax purposes,” Durbin said. “He may be the first Illinois state senator on record who claims a residency in Illinois to run for state senate, but claims a residency in Florida for tax purposes. “

Oberweis responded saying, “That is another falsehood that the senator has raised. He apparently does not understand the laws of this state. Under the laws of the state, if my wife has a home in another state, or anywhere, and claims that as a homestead exemption, I am no longer allowed to have a homestead exemption on my home. I have lived in the same home for 37 years."

Again, the election is Tuesday, Nov. 4.

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