Aloys Rutagwibira, 53, of Hainesville, is a native of Rwanda who became a naturalized American citizen on July 6, 2006, according to voter registration records acquired by the Daily Herald.
Congressional service requires seven years of citizenship. Rutagwibira won't be eligible until July 2013.
Rutagwibira is one of five candidates seeking the Democratic nomination for the 10th District seat now held by Republican Bob Dold.
Rutagwibira has not returned multiple telephone calls requesting interviews. He also failed to attend a scheduled candidate interview session Tuesday at the Daily Herald office in Libertyville.
When asked via email about his citizenship, Rutagwibira refused to confirm the date he took the citizenship oath.
He also expressed offense that the Daily Herald discovered the discrepancy during a search of public records rather than by first asking him. MORE HERE: http://www.dailyherald.com/article/20120131/news/701319649