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Rep. Underwood Sworn In, Challenger Oberweis Files Notice Of Contest

14th Congressional District candidate Jim Oberweis has filed a Notice of Contest with the Clerk of the U.S. House of Representatives.

The Republican challenged incumbent Democrat Lauren Underwood on the November ballot. After the results came in declaring Underwood had won, Oberweis requested a discovery recount.

In a news release issued Monday, Oberweis says he does not believe there was rampant fraud, but he believes there were instances when election laws were not followed which affected the outcome of the election.

Those accusations include missing initials from judges on some vote-by-mail ballots and voter application requests made outside of election deadlines.

According to the release from Oberweis, “The documentation we provided Congress today shows numerous irregularities and when the proportional reductions in each of our vote totals are applied, there is no question I won the race for Congress.”

An Underwood for Congress spokeswoman provided the following statement to WNIJ:

"Regardless of Mr. Oberweis' legal bluster, the results of this election will not change. Congresswoman Underwood was sworn into the 117th Congress on January 3rd and remains focused on the work the people of the 14th District elected her to do."

Jenna Dooley has spent her professional career in public radio. She is a graduate of Northern Illinois University and the Public Affairs Reporting Program at the University of Illinois - Springfield. She returned to Northern Public Radio in DeKalb after several years hosting Morning Edition at WUIS-FM in Springfield. She is a former "Newsfinder of the Year" from the Illinois Associated Press and recipient of NIU's Donald R. Grubb Journalism Alumni Award. She is an active member of the Illinois News Broadcasters Association and an adjunct instructor at NIU.
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