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Oberweis Dairy files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection

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CHICAGO (CBS) -- Oberweis Dairy, the 109-year-old family business that specializes in delivering milk, and includes nearly 40 ice cream and dairy stores in Illinois and Missouri, has filed for bankruptcy.

The North Aurora-based company, which sells its milk in glass bottles, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protections in federal court in Chicago, according to court records.

Oberweis listed more than $4 million in unsecured debt to its top 20 creditors, including more than $770,000 to Nussbaum Transportation Services, a trucking company based in central Illinois. Oberweis also listed a debt of more than $173,000 to the Cook County Treasurer's office, which collects property taxes.

Oberweis Dairy was started in 1915 by Peter Oberweis, a dairy farmer who began selling milk from the back of a horse-drawn wagon, according to the company's website. The company opened its first ice cream shop in 1951, and its second ice cream store in 1991. Oberweis Dairy now runs nearly 40 ice cream and dairy shops in Illinois and Missouri.

The company is owned by the family of former Illinois State Sen. Jim Oberweis, who served in the state legislature from 2013 to 2021. He also ran twice for U.S. Senate in 2002 and 2004, and ran for governor in 2006, but lost in the Republican primary all three times. He also ran for Congress in 2008, but lost to Democrat Bill Foster.

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