An Oswego businessman plans to take on U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk (R-IL) in the 2016 Republican primary.
James Marter, a software consultant and a Kendall County Republican precinct committeeman, is currently working to collect petition signatures to secure a spot on the primary ballot.
Marter said he is jumping into the 2016 Illinois U.S. Senate race as a conservative candidate because he says Kirk is not "representing the Republican Party and its principles."
Marter, for example, has criticized Kirk for being a "consistent supporter of gun control" and voting against efforts to defund Planned Parenthood.
For its part, the Kirk campaign said: "Republican, independent and reform-minded voters across the state strongly support Senator Kirk's leadership on demanding a balanced budget, holding the line on taxes, working to keep jobs in Illinois and fighting the dangerous Iran deal that threatens our national security."