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With the filing deadline passed for the 1st quarter 2016 campaign finance reports (D-2's) I thought it would be interesting to update our post from last quarter on the state of the money race for the State House. Since we last looked at this data we had a primary election and now this look gives a much better idea of the state of the money race going into the general election. This data is as of 9pm on April 30th.

Here are the key figures: as of right now Democratic committees have an estimated cash available advantage of about $2.1 million ($35.6 million for the Dems, $33.5 million for the Republicans). Looking at spending the Dems have already spent $26 million so far this cycle, Republicans have already spent $18.2 million this cycle and Independent Expenditure committees (B-1's) spent $11.2 million on legislative races during the primary. That's a total of $55.4 million already spent. When you factor in the amounts of cash currently estimated available and add it to what's already been spent it means that even if no additional money is raised and no new independent expenditures appear we're likely to see $124.5 million spent on legislative races this cycle. Wow!

Let's take a look at the data starting with the current estimated cash available, here is the current cash position of all the committees involved combining the 3/30 cash on hand, plus the 3/30 investment total plus any reported A-1 amounts so far this quarter.

Current Cash Position

CommitteeQ1 Cash on HandQ1 InvestmentsQ2 A-1sEst Funds Available
Democratic Party of Illinois$2,429,001.87 $0.00 $26,500.00 $2,455,501.87
Friends of Michael J. Madigan$1,372,783.15 $0.00 $30,275.00 $1,403,058.15
Democratic Majority$2,333,149.51 $0.00 $91,000.00 $2,424,149.51
13th Ward Democratic Org$1,245,449.07 $0.00 $0.00 $1,245,449.07
Citizens for John Cullerton for State Senate$1,482,635.98 $301,506.32 $0.00 $1,784,142.30
Senate Democratic Victory Fund$2,229,955.11 $405,301.22 $0.00 $2,635,256.33
Committee to Support John Cullerton for State Central Committeeman$769,358.93 $0.00 $0.00 $769,358.93
Dem Senators Not On Ballot This Cycle$3,502,698.50 $42.36 $3,500.00 $3,506,240.86
Dem Senate Candidates$4,994,097.14 $220,007.00 $70,868.24 $5,284,972.38
Dem House Candidates$12,769,369.04 $809,320.66 $482,918.70 $14,061,608.40
Total$33,128,498.30 $1,736,177.56 $705,061.94 $35,569,737.80
CommitteeQ1 Cash on HandQ1 InvestmentsQ2 A-1sEst Funds Available
Citizens for Rauner, Inc$20,311,643.80 $0.00 $0.00 $20,311,643.80
Turnaround Illinois$2,254,635.33 $0.00 $0.00 $2,254,635.33
Illinois Republican Party$651,799.75 $0.00 $16,100.00 $667,899.75
Citizens for Durkin$780,472.40 $0.00 $37,200.00 $817,672.40
House Republican Organization$303,042.08 $0.00 $39,500.00 $342,542.08
House Republican Leadership Committee$65,277.40 $0.00 $0.00 $65,277.40
Citizens for Christine Radogno$561,536.37 $0.00 $26,000.00 $587,536.37
Republican State Senate Campaign Committee$517,892.38 $0.00 $13,500.00 $531,392.38
Rep Senators Not On Ballot This Cycle$912,951.84 $0.00 $8,500.00 $921,451.84
Rep Senate Candidates$1,508,708.01 $45,300.00 $48,707.53 $1,602,715.54
Rep House Candidates$4,281,283.44 $0.00 $1,135,461.66 $5,416,745.10
Total$32,149,242.80 $45,300.00 $1,324,969.19 $33,519,511.99
CommitteeQ1 Cash on HandQ1 InvestmentsQ2 A-1sEst Funds Available
Democratic Primary Losing Candidates$340,235.14 $0.00 $1,000.00 $341,235.14
Republican Primary Losing Candidates$93,896.41 $0.00 $7,765.00 $101,661.41

Going into the fall general election the Democrats actually have a little more than a $2 million estimated cash available advantage, but as we have seen the Governor and his allies are able to commit additional funds in amounts that are virtually unprecedented in Illinois politics.

Now let's look at the same info while adding in the amounts that have already been spent so far this cycle (including in-kinds as spending):

Cycle Spending Ability

CommitteeAlready SpentQ1 Cash on HandQ1 InvestmentsQ2 A-1sCycle Spending Ability
Democratic Party of Illinois$538,072.80 $2,429,001.87 $0.00 $26,500.00 $2,993,574.67
Friends of Michael J. Madigan$1,640,020.17 $1,372,783.15 $0.00 $30,275.00 $3,043,078.32
Democratic Majority$871,977.99 $2,333,149.51 $0.00 $91,000.00 $3,296,127.50
13th Ward Democratic Org$272,060.96 $1,245,449.07 $0.00 $0.00 $1,517,510.03
Citizens for John Cullerton for State Senate$688,272.67 $1,482,635.98 $301,506.32 $0.00 $2,472,414.97
Senate Democratic Victory Fund$1,536,150.63 $2,229,955.11 $405,301.22 $0.00 $4,171,406.96
Committee to Support John Cullerton for State Central Committeeman$85,590.57 $769,358.93 $0.00 $0.00 $854,949.50
Dem Senators Not On Ballot This Cycle$1,698,911.71 $3,502,698.50 $42.36 $3,500.00 $5,205,152.57
Dem Senate Candidates$4,208,546.60 $4,994,097.14 $220,007.00 $70,868.24 $9,493,518.98
Dem House Candidates$11,203,399.75 $12,769,369.04 $809,320.66 $482,918.70 $25,265,008.15
Total$22,743,003.85 $33,128,498.30 $1,736,177.56 $705,061.94 $58,312,741.65
CommitteeAlready SpentQ1 Cash on HandQ1 InvestmentsQ2 A-1sCycle Spending Ability
Citizens for Rauner, Inc$2,624,772.17 $20,311,643.80 $0.00 $0.00 $22,936,415.97
Turnaround Illinois$4,001,086.86 $2,254,635.33 $0.00 $0.00 $6,255,722.19
Illinois Republican Party$1,663,295.77 $651,799.75 $0.00 $16,100.00 $2,331,195.52
Citizens for Durkin$550,350.74 $780,472.40 $0.00 $37,200.00 $1,368,023.14
House Republican Organization$656,686.28 $303,042.08 $0.00 $39,500.00 $999,228.36
House Republican Leadership Committee$3,286.25 $65,277.40 $0.00 $0.00 $68,563.65
Citizens for Christine Radogno$168,490.63 $561,536.37 $0.00 $26,000.00 $756,027.00
Republican State Senate Campaign Committee$693,245.16 $517,892.38 $0.00 $13,500.00 $1,224,637.54
Rep Senators Not On Ballot This Cycle$565,648.77 $912,951.84 $0.00 $8,500.00 $1,487,100.61
Rep Senate Candidates$2,282,987.18 $1,508,708.01 $45,300.00 $48,707.53 $3,885,702.72
Rep House Candidates$3,357,574.75 $4,281,283.44 $0.00 $1,135,461.66 $8,774,319.85
Total$16,567,424.56 $32,149,242.80 $45,300.00 $1,324,969.19 $50,086,936.55
CommitteeAlready Spent
Primary Independent Expenditure Spending (B-1's)$11,168,207.97
CommitteeAlready SpentQ1 Cash on HandQ1 InvestmentsQ2 A-1sCycle Spending Ability
Democratic Primary Losing Candidates$3,337,775.14 $340,235.14 $0.00 $1,000.00 $3,679,010.28
Republican Primary Losing Candidates$1,606,159.06 $93,896.41 $0.00 $7,765.00 $1,707,820.47

Looking at the already spent figures (and including the losing primary candidates) the Democrats have already spent $26 million and the Republicans have already spent $18.2 million, plus another $11.2 million was spent by independent expenditure committees (B-1 filings) on legislative races for an already spent total of $55.4 million. When you factor in the amounts of cash currently estimated available and add it to what's already been spent it means that even if no additional money is raised an no new independent expenditures appear we're likely to see $124.5 million spent on legislative races this cycle. That's unbelievable!

Finally, here are the other top 25 committees that have notable funds and could impact the fall elections if they so choose.

NameCOHINVA-1Est Funds Avail
Friends of Edward M Burke$2,160,076.64 $6,273,896.00 $5,500.00 $8,439,472.64
IllinoisGO IE$6,149,225.57 $0.00 $0.00 $6,149,225.57
Laborers' Political League - Great Lakes Region$3,023,155.22 $0.00 $0.00 $3,023,155.22
Citizens for Lisa Madigan$2,173,498.62 $0.00 $0.00 $2,173,498.62
Illinois State Medical Society PAC$415,826.75 $1,251,596.00 $14,400.00 $1,681,822.75
Carpenters Helping in the Political Process (CHIPP)$1,612,141.33 $0.00 $0.00 $1,612,141.33
Laborers' Political Action and Education League$1,443,781.99 $0.00 $0.00 $1,443,781.99
Chicagoland Operators Joint Labor-Management PAC$1,128,549.69 $0.00 $263,144.71 $1,391,694.40
Biss for Illinois$1,360,488.45 $0.00 $0.00 $1,360,488.45
The Burnham Committee$1,307,346.28 $0.00 $0.00 $1,307,346.28
Support Independent Maps$478,768.86 $0.00 $686,500.00 $1,165,268.86
Friends for Susana Mendoza$1,102,541.75 $0.00 $0.00 $1,102,541.75
Stand for Children IL PAC$1,070,877.79 $0.00 $22,600.00 $1,093,477.79
Citizens for Alderman Reilly$1,012,213.26 $0.00 $0.00 $1,012,213.26
REALTORS Political Action Committee$941,494.05 $0.00 $16,700.00 $958,194.05
Roofers' Political Educational and Legislative Fund$185,753.65 $749,380.67 $0.00 $935,134.32
Dan Rutherford Campaign Committee$13,432.35 $844,463.00 $0.00 $857,895.35
Citizens for Judy Baar Topinka$840,769.03 $0.00 $0.00 $840,769.03
Committee to Elect Joseph Berrios Assessor$831,314.73 $0.00 $0.00 $831,314.73
Citizens for Giannoulias$779,479.42 $0.00 $0.00 $779,479.42
Friends of Suarez$14,708.65 $750,000.00 $0.00 $764,708.65
Cook County Democratic Party$741,225.55 $0.00 $5,000.00 $746,225.55
Illinois PAC for Education (IPACE)$741,903.61 $0.00 $0.00 $741,903.61
Finishing Trades of Chicago Corp PAC$688,727.48 $0.00 $0.00 $688,727.48
14th Ward Regular Democratic Org$669,790.30 $0.00 $0.00 $669,790.30
James Pate Philip Campaign Fund$736.10 $650,000.00 $0.00 $650,736.10

If you'd like to check my math or investigate and calculate further the data I used to create the tables above can be found here.


Note: these figures are our best estimates and include some double counting of funds, which cannot be avoided. For example not all funds listed in "Transfers In" come from political committees that are already registered with the State Board but for those that do these transfers aren't new money coming into the system, they're simply transfers from one fund to another. If those transfers are from funds that are involved in legislative elections to funds involved in legislative elections (such as when Governor Rauner transferred funds to the state party who then spent money to assist incumbents Bourne and Wojcicki-Jimenez) then we are double counting those funds. The same goes for in-kinds, not all in-kinds are double counted but when a committee that is involved in legislative elections provides and in-kind to another committee involved in legislative elections (such as when the Speaker's leadership committee, Democratic Majority, spent money on mailings on behalf of incumbent House Dems who then reported those transactions as in-kind donations received) we're just seeing the same numbers twice. The only way to control for this double counting would involve manually going through and coding tens of thousands of transactions to determine if each transaction a) involved two committees that were both registered with the State Board and b) both funds were involved with this cycle's legislative elections. That's just not a realistic option so we're left with our best estimates above.



For offices where no candidate was nominated by an established political party that party can appoint someone to the ballot for the General Election so long as they submit petitions and their candidate filing papers by May 31st. For example in the 1st State House District the Democrats nominated incumbent Dan Burke, he won his primary with no opposition but no Republican candidate filed so the party could appoint someone to appear on the fall ballot so long as they submit the required paperwork. That is true for every such situation.

Here are the relevant sections of the election code which explain this process. I had to look it up so I figured others might find it useful as well.

10 ILCS 5/7-61 If the name of no established political party candidate was printed on the consolidated primary ballot for a particular office and if no person was nominated as a write-in candidate for such office, a vacancy in nomination shall be created which may be filled in accordance with the requirements of this Section. If the name of no established political party candidate was printed on the general primary ballot for a particular office and if no person was nominated as a write-in candidate for such office, a vacancy in nomination shall be filled only by a person designated by the appropriate committee of the political party and only if that designated person files nominating petitions with the number of signatures required for an established party candidate for that office within 75 days after the day of the general primary. The circulation period for those petitions begins on the day the appropriate committee designates that person. The person shall file his or her nominating petitions, statements of candidacy, notice of appointment by the appropriate committee, and receipt of filing his or her statement of economic interests together. These documents shall be filed at the same location as provided in Section 7-12. The electoral boards having jurisdiction under Section 10-9 to hear and pass upon objections to nominating petitions also shall hear and pass upon objections to nomination petitions filed by candidates under this paragraph. ... In the proceedings to nominate a candidate to fill a vacancy or to fill a vacancy in the nomination, each precinct, township, ward, county or congressional district, as the case may be, shall through its representative on such central or managing committee, be entitled to one vote for each ballot voted in such precinct, township, ward, county or congressional district, as the case may be, by the primary electors of its party at the primary election immediately preceding the meeting at which such vacancy is to be filled.
10 ILCS 5/8-17 In the event that a candidate of a party who has been nominated under the provisions of this Article shall die before election (whether death occurs prior to, or on, or after, the date of the primary) or decline the nomination or should the nomination for any other reason become vacant, the legislative or representative committee of such party for such district shall nominate a candidate of such party to fill such vacancy. However, if there was no candidate for the nomination of the party in the primary, no candidate of that party for that office may be listed on the ballot at the general election, unless the legislative or representative committee of the party nominates a candidate to fill the vacancy in nomination within 75 days after the date of the general primary election. Vacancies in nomination occurring under this Article shall be filled by the appropriate legislative or representative committee in accordance with the provisions of Section 7-61 of this Code. In proceedings to fill the vacancy in nomination, the voting strength of the members of the legislative or representative committee shall be as provided in Section 8-6.

Reaction to the news that Ken Dunkin finished the quarter with $1.2 million remaining in his campaign committee account has been varied, including some speculation that perhaps this reported figure is due to inaccurate accounting and his committee's actual cash balance is significantly less.

In various situations the State Board of Elections can order an audit of a political committee, in some instances based on certain parameters that would warrant an audit and also they have the ability to randomly audit a limited number of committees. A few years ago I was involved in the record keeping of a committee that was randomly audited, it was a minor headache to assemble all the records for the auditor and of course we then had to pay a fee to an auditor but our records were in order so it wasn't an overly burdensome process. It will be interesting to see if an audit is ordered in this situation.

Here is the relevant section of the election code:

5/9-13. Audits of political committees. (a) The Board shall have the authority to order a political committee to conduct an audit of the financial records required to be maintained by the committee to ensure compliance with Sections 9-8.5 and 9-10. Audits ordered by the Board shall be conducted as provided in this Section and as provided by Board rule. (b) The Board may order a political committee to conduct an audit of its financial records for any of the following reasons: (i) a discrepancy between the ending balance of a reporting period and the beginning balance of the next reporting period, (ii) failure to account for previously reported investments or loans, or (iii) a discrepancy between reporting contributions received by or expenditures made for a political committee that are reported by another political committee, except the Board shall not order an audit pursuant to this item (iii) unless there is a willful pattern of inaccurate reporting or there is a pattern of similar inaccurate reporting involving similar contributions by the same contributor. Prior to ordering an audit, the Board shall afford the political committee due notice and an opportunity for a closed preliminary hearing. A political committee shall hire an entity qualified to perform an audit; except, a political committee shall not hire a person that has contributed to the political committee during the previous 4 years. (c) In each calendar year, the Board shall randomly order no more than 3% of registered political committees to conduct an audit. The Board shall establish a standard, scientific method of selecting the political committees that are to be audited so that every political committee has an equal mathematical chance of being selected. (d) Upon receipt of notification from the Board ordering an audit, a political committee shall conduct an audit of the financial records required to be maintained by the committee to ensure compliance with the contribution limitations established in Section 9-8.5 and the reporting requirements established in Section 9-3 and Section 9-10 for a period of 2 years or the period since the committee was previously ordered to conduct an audit, whichever is shorter. The entity performing the audit shall review the amount of funds and investments maintained by the political committee and ensure the financial records accurately account for any contributions and expenditures made by the political committee. A certified copy of the audit shall be delivered to the Board within 60 calendar days after receipt of notice from the Board, unless the Board grants an extension to complete the audit. A political committee ordered to conduct an audit through the random selection process shall not be required to conduct another audit for a minimum of 5 years unless the Board has reason to believe the political committee is in violation of Section 9-3, 9-8.5, or 9-10. 26 (e) The Board shall not disclose the name of any political committee ordered to conduct an audit or any documents in possession of the Board related to an audit unless, after review of the audit findings, the Board has reason to believe the political committee is in violation of Section 9-3, 9-8.5, or 9-10 and the Board imposed a fine. (f) Failure to deliver a certified audit in a timely manner is a business offense punishable by a fine of $250 per day that the audit is late, up to a maximum of $5,000.

Here is what I'm working on and what will be available soon:

  1. Updated Fundraising Totals - quarterly campaign finance reports for Q1 were due on Friday and a few late filers are still trickling in (looking at you Sen. Lightford and Rep. Ford). Once they'are all in I'll put together a full analysis similar to what I did after 2015 Q4.

  2. Precinct Level Vote Totals - also on Friday the State Board made available the certified election results for the 2016 primary including the statewide precinct by precinct results. As I did with the 2014 general election results I'll download each election authority's results, combine them, fix the formatting and build some search capabilities that you'll soon find in the Analysis section.

  3. Senate/House Profiles - once I have the fundraising and vote total information that I want to include I'm going to do a profile of the most likely targeted races for each of the House and Senate this fall based on the 2014 election results. Some of that may be eye-opening, particularly in the Senate.

  4. Updated Maps - I'll update the Maps for the statewide primaries including President, US Senate and Comptroller.

I'll post an update when each is available.

With the possible resurfacing of the Millionaire's Tax Amendment it's worth remembering that this issue was on the ballot for the 2014 General Election and we have district by district vote totals.

Below are the results for each district for the House and Senate. This process uses the simple method, which has to do with instances where more than one district are represented in a precinct. Using the simple method the entire precinct data is used for any precinct that is in part or in whole in each district.

As you can see this issue won a majority in all but two Senate districts, the 26th (Duffy 48.67%) and 33rd (McConnaughay 49.93%), and it won a majority in all but five House districts, the 47th (Bellock 49.67%), 50th (Wheeler 49.43%), 51st (Sullivan 47.60%), 52nd (McSweeney 49.51%) and the 65th (Andersson 48.10%).

State Senate Districts
State Senator - 1Antonio MuñozD24,87280.63%5,97619.37%30,848
State Senator - 2William DelgadoD30,43381.71%6,81318.29%37,246
State Senator - 3Mattie HunterD47,44581.35%10,87618.65%58,321
State Senator - 4Kimberly A. LightfordD50,89578.68%13,79421.32%64,689
State Senator - 5Patricia Van PeltD43,75081.45%9,96118.55%53,711
State Senator - 6John J. CullertonD43,00669.62%18,76330.38%61,769
State Senator - 7Heather A. SteansD44,82682.92%9,23217.08%54,058
State Senator - 8Ira I. SilversteinD34,63869.73%15,03830.27%49,676
State Senator - 9Daniel BissD48,31863.38%27,92136.62%76,239
State Senator - 10John G. MulroeD35,20265.89%18,22734.11%53,429
State Senator - 11Martin A. SandovalD28,01075.13%9,27224.87%37,282
State Senator - 12Steven M. LandekD24,93273.11%9,17026.89%34,102
State Senator - 13Kwame RaoulD50,85783.65%9,93816.35%60,795
State Senator - 14Emil Jones, IIID58,84279.74%14,94620.26%73,788
State Senator - 15Napoleon Harris, IIID48,29280.53%11,67419.47%59,966
State Senator - 16Jacqueline Y. CollinsD49,03581.11%11,41718.89%60,452
State Senator - 17Donne E. TrotterD56,81980.78%13,51619.22%70,335
State Senator - 18Bill CunninghamD48,62965.66%25,43334.34%74,062
State Senator - 19Michael E. HastingsD49,15165.74%25,61334.26%74,764
State Senator - 20Iris Y. MartinezD30,27081.68%6,79018.32%37,060
State Senator - 21Michael ConnellyR40,15052.07%36,95647.93%77,106
State Senator - 22Michael NolandD23,51763.99%13,23236.01%36,749
State Senator - 23Thomas CullertonD32,57257.50%24,07842.50%56,650
State Senator - 24Chris NyboR41,29552.25%37,73347.75%79,028
State Senator - 25Jim OberweisR34,78350.37%34,27549.63%69,058
State Senator - 26Dan DuffyR37,04648.67%39,06551.33%76,111
State Senator - 27Matt MurphyR38,50554.57%32,05745.43%70,562
State Senator - 28Laura M. MurphyD34,62761.30%21,85938.70%56,486
State Senator - 29Julie A. MorrisonD36,43557.30%27,14642.70%63,581
State Senator - 30Terry LinkD28,05863.84%15,89536.16%43,953
State Senator - 31Melinda BushD32,75258.14%23,58541.86%56,337
State Senator - 32Pamela J. AlthoffR34,53551.71%32,24848.29%66,783
State Senator - 33Karen McConnaughayR35,43249.93%35,52750.07%70,959
State Senator - 34Steve StadelmanD33,41562.82%19,77637.18%53,191
State Senator - 35Dave SyversonR39,80256.08%31,17043.92%70,972
State Senator - 36Neil AndersonR41,07062.80%24,33237.20%65,402
State Senator - 37Chuck WeaverR44,18057.13%33,14742.87%77,327
State Senator - 38Sue RezinR42,15260.66%27,34039.34%69,492
State Senator - 39Don HarmonD36,32174.13%12,67525.87%48,996
State Senator - 40Toi W. HutchinsonD42,24761.65%26,27638.35%68,523
State Senator - 41Christine RadognoR42,11953.38%36,78646.62%78,905
State Senator - 42Linda HolmesD24,53464.60%13,44535.40%37,979
State Senator - 43Pat McGuireD33,69367.03%16,56932.97%50,262
State Senator - 44William E. BradyR43,59958.66%30,72341.34%74,322
State Senator - 45Tim BivinsR42,21958.36%30,12641.64%72,345
State Senator - 46David KoehlerD37,09364.46%20,45235.54%57,545
State Senator - 47John M. SullivanD39,02460.86%25,09739.14%64,121
State Senator - 48Andy ManarD40,33963.58%23,10836.42%63,447
State Senator - 49Jennifer Bertino-TarrantD38,29261.33%24,14138.67%62,433
State Senator - 50Wm. Sam McCannR48,79059.22%33,59640.78%82,386
State Senator - 51Chapin RoseR46,08355.69%36,66144.31%82,744
State Senator - 52Scott M. BennettD35,06564.04%19,68635.96%54,751
State Senator - 53Jason A. BarickmanR39,10556.89%29,63043.11%68,735
State Senator - 54Kyle McCarterR41,31156.37%31,97543.63%73,286
State Senator - 55Dale A. RighterR38,13856.53%29,32243.47%67,460
State Senator - 56William R. HaineD38,13161.48%23,89038.52%62,021
State Senator - 57James F. Clayborne, Jr.D41,15464.85%22,30535.15%63,459
State Senator - 58David S. LuechtefeldR42,01560.34%27,61639.66%69,631
State Senator - 59Gary ForbyD39,45760.40%25,86839.60%65,325


State House Districts
State Representative - 1stDaniel J. BurkeD13,15080.47%3,19119.53%16,341
State Representative - 2ndEdward J. AcevedoD12,04580.80%2,86219.20%14,907
State Representative - 3rdLuis ArroyoD14,24480.55%3,43919.45%17,683
State Representative - 4thCynthia SotoD17,87683.19%3,61116.81%21,487
State Representative - 5thKenneth DunkinD27,71780.90%6,54319.10%34,260
State Representative - 6thSonya M. HarperD23,13881.37%5,29718.63%28,435
State Representative - 7thEmanuel Chris WelchD26,59577.53%7,70622.47%34,301
State Representative - 8thLa Shawn K. FordD25,29879.70%6,44420.30%31,742
State Representative - 9thArthur TurnerD21,88779.85%5,52320.15%27,410
State Representative - 10thPamela Reaves-HarrisD24,72482.51%5,24117.49%29,965
State Representative - 11thAnn M. WilliamsD21,90569.38%9,66630.62%31,571
State Representative - 12thSara FeigenholtzD21,58869.85%9,31930.15%30,907
State Representative - 13thGregory HarrisD23,59881.68%5,29418.32%28,892
State Representative - 14thKelly M. CassidyD22,21184.33%4,12815.67%26,339
State Representative - 15thJohn C. D'AmicoD19,48967.05%9,57832.95%29,067
State Representative - 16thLou LangD15,98872.44%6,08427.56%22,072
State Representative - 17thLaura FineD24,13964.00%13,58136.00%37,720
State Representative - 18thRobyn GabelD25,23962.90%14,88937.10%40,128
State Representative - 19thRobert MartwickD17,28470.11%7,36929.89%24,653
State Representative - 20thMichael P. McAuliffeR18,76462.41%11,30237.59%30,066
State Representative - 21stSilvana TabaresD11,93474.11%4,16925.89%16,103
State Representative - 22ndMichael J. MadiganD16,26975.72%5,21624.28%21,485
State Representative - 23rdMichael J. ZalewskiD13,29871.03%5,42428.97%18,722
State Representative - 24thElizabeth HernandezD12,26175.41%3,99924.59%16,260
State Representative - 25thBarbara Flynn CurrieD24,63488.37%3,24311.63%27,877
State Representative - 26thChristian L. MitchellD30,80981.12%7,17018.88%37,979
State Representative - 27thMonique D. DavisD33,76380.06%8,41019.94%42,173
State Representative - 28thRobert RitaD27,90380.10%6,93119.90%34,834
State Representative - 29thThaddeus JonesD27,56180.30%6,76119.70%34,322
State Representative - 30thWilliam DavisD20,87980.84%4,94719.16%25,826
State Representative - 31stMary E. FlowersD29,80479.85%7,52320.15%37,327
State Representative - 32ndAndré ThapediD22,65583.51%4,47316.49%27,128
State Representative - 33rdMarcus C. Evans, Jr.D28,60484.18%5,37415.82%33,978
State Representative - 34thElgie R. Sims, Jr.D30,88677.95%8,73922.05%39,625
State Representative - 35thFrances Ann HurleyD26,53564.52%14,59135.48%41,126
State Representative - 36thKelly M. BurkeD24,86766.29%12,64333.71%37,510
State Representative - 37thMargo McDermedR21,57454.34%18,13145.66%39,705
State Representative - 38thAl RileyD28,36377.95%8,02522.05%36,388
State Representative - 39thWill GuzzardiD16,02681.95%3,52918.05%19,555
State Representative - 40thJaime M. Andrade, Jr.D16,72581.41%3,82018.59%20,545
State Representative - 41stGrant WehrliR20,39753.64%17,62646.36%38,023
State Representative - 42ndJeanne M IvesR19,75350.54%19,33049.46%39,083
State Representative - 43rdAnna MoellerD10,98062.10%6,70037.90%17,680
State Representative - 44thFred CrespoD13,37665.10%7,17034.90%20,546
State Representative - 45thChristine WingerR17,67654.58%14,70945.42%32,385
State Representative - 46thDeb ConroyD15,18661.29%9,59038.71%24,776
State Representative - 47thPatricia R. BellockR20,10449.67%20,37550.33%40,479
State Representative - 48thPeter BreenR21,35054.97%17,49145.03%38,841
State Representative - 49thMike FortnerR17,38351.05%16,66948.95%34,052
State Representative - 50thKeith R. WheelerR17,65349.43%18,05950.57%35,712
State Representative - 51stEd SullivanR19,31047.60%21,25752.40%40,567
State Representative - 52ndDavid McSweeneyR18,68249.51%19,05050.49%37,732
State Representative - 53rdDavid HarrisR20,53855.68%16,35144.32%36,889
State Representative - 54thThomas MorrisonR18,16553.40%15,84946.60%34,014
State Representative - 55thMartin J. MoylanD17,62861.76%10,91438.24%28,542
State Representative - 56thMichelle MussmanD16,99960.83%10,94539.17%27,944
State Representative - 57thElaine NekritzD16,79361.79%10,38438.21%27,177
State Representative - 58thScott DruryD19,64253.96%16,76246.04%36,404
State Representative - 59thCarol SenteD16,74959.74%11,28840.26%28,037
State Representative - 60thRita MayfieldD12,02870.69%4,98729.31%17,015
State Representative - 61stSheri JesielR16,85257.02%12,70142.98%29,553
State Representative - 62ndSam YinglingD16,19759.28%11,12540.72%27,322
State Representative - 63rdJack D. FranksD16,42252.01%15,15347.99%31,575
State Representative - 64thBarbara WheelerR19,83151.29%18,83448.71%38,665
State Representative - 65thSteven A. AnderssonR19,84048.10%21,40951.90%41,249
State Representative - 66thMichael W. TryonR16,33352.65%14,69047.35%31,023
State Representative - 67thLitesa E. WallaceD14,34867.16%7,01532.84%21,363
State Representative - 68thJohn M. CabelloR22,66360.53%14,77539.47%37,438
State Representative - 69thJoe SosnowskiR22,12757.24%16,53042.76%38,657
State Representative - 70thRobert W. PritchardR18,11254.73%14,98345.27%33,095
State Representative - 71stMike SmiddyD22,20561.18%14,09238.82%36,297
State Representative - 72ndPatrick J. VerschooreD20,68764.52%11,37835.48%32,065
State Representative - 73rdDavid R. LeitchR21,06653.54%18,28346.46%39,349
State Representative - 74thDonald L. MoffittR24,33960.75%15,72339.25%40,062
State Representative - 75thJohn D. AnthonyR20,36757.23%15,22042.77%35,587
State Representative - 76thAndrew F SkoogD21,88064.21%12,19835.79%34,078
State Representative - 77thKathleen WillisD11,06567.70%5,27832.30%16,343
State Representative - 78thCamille Y. LillyD25,25677.35%7,39722.65%32,653
State Representative - 79thKatherine CloonenD18,10454.02%15,40845.98%33,512
State Representative - 80thAnthony DeLucaD24,79068.50%11,40031.50%36,190
State Representative - 81stRon SandackR22,08155.85%17,45644.15%39,537
State Representative - 82ndJim DurkinR20,03850.90%19,33049.10%39,368
State Representative - 83rdLinda Chapa LaViaD10,54866.96%5,20433.04%15,752
State Representative - 84thStephanie A. KifowitD14,69263.50%8,44436.50%23,136
State Representative - 85thEmily McAseyD17,09966.89%8,46433.11%25,563
State Representative - 86thLawrence Walsh, Jr.D17,25366.94%8,51933.06%25,772
State Representative - 87thTim ButlerR23,10460.38%15,15939.62%38,263
State Representative - 88thKeith P. SommerR21,05356.70%16,07643.30%37,129
State Representative - 89thBrian W. StewartR20,30156.59%15,57543.41%35,876
State Representative - 90thTom DemmerR22,32660.03%14,86439.97%37,190
State Representative - 91stMichael D. UnesR20,54263.15%11,98836.85%32,530
State Representative - 92ndJehan Gordon-BoothD17,14066.16%8,76533.84%25,905
State Representative - 93rdNorine K. HammondR19,55865.16%10,45934.84%30,017
State Representative - 94thRandy E. FreseR19,49457.06%14,67142.94%34,165
State Representative - 95thAvery BourneR20,76061.29%13,11238.71%33,872
State Representative - 96thSue SchererD21,74266.13%11,13733.87%32,879
State Representative - 97thMark BatinickR20,70858.14%14,90841.86%35,616
State Representative - 98thNatalie A. ManleyD20,57765.23%10,96634.77%31,543
State Representative - 99thSara Wojcicki JimenezR27,31960.24%18,03239.76%45,351
State Representative - 100thC.D. DavidsmeyerR21,51657.94%15,61642.06%37,132
State Representative - 101stBill MitchellR24,53855.67%19,54144.33%44,079
State Representative - 102ndAdam BrownR22,67355.59%18,11044.41%40,783
State Representative - 103rdCarol AmmonsD16,63968.28%7,72931.72%24,368
State Representative - 104thChad HaysR21,54360.91%13,82339.09%35,366
State Representative - 105thDan BradyR19,62057.13%14,72542.87%34,345
State Representative - 106thThomas M. BennettR19,75656.63%15,13343.37%34,889
State Representative - 107thJohn CavalettoR19,48358.05%14,07841.95%33,561
State Representative - 108thCharles MeierR22,26855.00%18,22245.00%40,490
State Representative - 109thDavid B. ReisR19,64753.90%16,80346.10%36,450
State Representative - 110thReginald PhillipsR19,33459.76%13,02040.24%32,354
State Representative - 111thDaniel V. BeiserD18,50162.34%11,17637.66%29,677
State Representative - 112thDwight KayR20,70260.79%13,35239.21%34,054
State Representative - 113thJay HoffmanD21,57864.87%11,68335.13%33,261
State Representative - 114thEddie Lee Jackson, Sr.D23,34364.79%12,68535.21%36,028
State Representative - 115thTerri BryantR22,50162.61%13,43537.39%35,936
State Representative - 116thJerry Costello, IID20,70158.07%14,94741.93%35,648
State Representative - 117thJohn BradleyD19,88860.91%12,76539.09%32,653
State Representative - 118thBrandon W. PhelpsD19,76059.87%13,24540.13%33,005

You can find all of this data here.
Or you can search by going Analysis -> Precinct Level Election Results -> View Statewide Race by Districts (Simple Method).

Spending by independent expenditure committees has been massive this primary and may continue in the general. In some races the spending by IE committees dwarfed the amounts raised by the candidates themselves. Below is a table of each of the IE committees (I did not include IE spending by party committees) and how much they spent on their favored candidates as of 9pm last night (3/14/16).

As the results go final we'll try to keep this table up to date.

PartyDistrictCommittee NameSupportingAmountResult
RSen-58Ballot Access IllinoisSharee Langenstein
RSen-50Basic Crafts Council of Mid-Central IL PEFSam McCann
DSen-02Chicagoans United for Economic Security PACOmar Aquino
DRep-26Chicagoans United for Economic Security PACJay Travis
RRep-63Government For The PeopleJeffery Lichte
DRep-05Illinois Chamber IE CommitteeKen Dunkin
DRep-26Illinois Federation of Public Employees PACJay Travis
RSen-50Illinois Federation of Public Employees PACSam McCann
RRep-63Illinois PAC for Education (IPACE)Jeffery Lichte
DCook-SAIllinois Safety & JusticeKim Foxx
DRep-22Illinois United for ChangeJason Gonzales
DSen-02IllinoisGO IEAngelica Alfaro
DRep-06IllinoisGO IEGenita Robinson
DRep-26IllinoisGO IEChristian Mitchell
DRep-05IllinoisGO IEKen Dunkin
DSen-05IllinoisGO IEPatricia Van Pelt
DSen-02INCS Action Independent CommitteeAngelica Alfaro
RRep-95INCS Action Independent CommitteeAvery Bourne
DSen-05INCS Action Independent CommitteePatricia Van Pelt
DRep-06INCS Action Independent CommitteeGenita Robinson
DRep-26INCS Action Independent CommitteeChristian Mitchell
DRep-29INCS Action Independent CommitteeThaddeus Jones
RSen-26Lake County Life PACDan McConchie
RRep-66Liberty Principles PACAllen Skillicorn
RRep-102Liberty Principles PACBrad Halbrook
RRep-72Liberty Principles PACBrandi McGuire
RSen-50Liberty Principles PACBryce Benton
DRep-07Liberty Principles PACChris Harris
RSen-26Liberty Principles PACDan McConchie
RRep-74Liberty Principles PACMike DeSutter
RSen-58Liberty Principles PACPaul Schimpf
RRep-110Liberty Principles PACReggie Phillips
DRep-02National Association of REALTORS FundAlex Acevedo
RRep-66National Association of REALTORS FundCarolyn Schofield
DRep-07National Association of REALTORS FundChris Welch
DRep-26National Association of REALTORS FundChristian Mitchell
DRep-04National Association of REALTORS FundCynthia Soto
DRep-40National Association of REALTORS FundJaime Andrade
RSen-26National Association of REALTORS FundMartin McLaughlin
DSen-19National Association of REALTORS FundMichael Hastings
DCook-SAPersonal PAC Independent CommitteeKim Foxx
DSen-02Stand for Children IL IECAngelica Alfaro

Here's a rundown of some of the notable state and local races for Tuesday including their financial profile. These numbers are as of 9pm last night and will update each night so if you're reading this in a day or two they should be current.

Note: if you're reading this now this is an old post. It used to contain live campaign spending data but that has been removed since we are now into a new quarter and the data calculation is obsolete.

Cook County State's Attorney (D)
First, the Cook County State's Attorney's race. Donna More just never caught fire and most of her recent funding has come from her or her husband, if there is an enthusiasm for her campaign it hasn't translated into recent financial filings. Alvarez the incumbent is still seeing some support, particularly with labor and some of the city's more prominent law firms. But the candidate that has benefited most financially has been Kim Foxx. The caps are off in this race because of Donna More's self funding and Foxx has been able to take in $600K from Fred Eychaner plus another $250K from Toni Preckwinkle. Additionally an IE with significant funding from George Soros has independently spent over half a million dollars to support her candidacy.

5th House (D)
Next is the mother of all state rep races, the 5th House. This one has already seen a record single donation for the incumbent plus an almost unprecedented endorsement of a sitting US President, for the challenger no less. Ken Dunkin has taken in $800,000 from an organization run by Dan Proft, former Republican candidate for Governor and been the beneficiary of about $2.5 million in IE spending by IllinoisGO, funded by Governor Rauner's allies. On the other side Stratton is up to almost $2 million from mostly labor money, but also recently many of the campaign committees of the House Democratic caucus, in particular many of the members who are expected to be fall targets and had big influxes of cash late last year. Regardless what happens on Tuesday we'll probably still be talking about this race 10 or 20 years from now.

50th Senate (R)
Ever since breaking with the Governor's wishes and siding with organized labor Sam McCann has had a target on his back. His opponent, Bryce Benton, has been endorsed by the Governor and largely financed by him as well. Benton has managed to raise a little more than $100K, $50K of it came from the Governor's campaign committee, $25K came from Illinois Liberty PAC which is almost the same amount that Illinois Liberty PAC received from the Dan Proft run Illinois Opportunity Project. But Benton's real muscle in this race has come from the spending of Liberty Principles the IE that is also run by Proft. They have spent over $3 million in this race (and coincidentally received about $2.3 million from the Governor's IE, Turnaround Illinois). McCann has managed to raise almost $600K this quarter, largely from labor money. This race will test Republican party loyalty enforcement and the outcome will likely have repercussions for the spring budget negotiations.

22nd House (D)
The financial profile for this race is a little misleading, it only shows the Speaker's candidate committee but he also controls the caucus fund Democratic Majority, the Democratic Party of Illinois fund and the 13th Ward Democratic Org fund, all of which are flush. The challenger, Jason Gonzales, has managed to raise about a quarter million dollars largely from CEO's and other wealthy retirees and/or investors. But the more interesting development in this race has come from Illinois United for Change, the IE largely funded by former Democratic US Senate candidate Blair Hull and Steven Miller. The wealthy investor and his allies have independently spent over $750K to try to defeat the longtime incumbent Speaker, we'll find out on Tuesday if it was a good investment.

26th House (D)
A rematch of a hard-fought election last cycle, oddly enough this race has featured various factions of teachers unions on opposite sides. The Chicago Teachers Union has made it a priority to defeat Christian Mitchell and they have been supporting Jay Travis, along with the Illinois Federation of Teachers. On the other side Mitchell has been supported by the Illinois Education Association along with various groups that support charter schools. A number of IE's have been involved in this race including a labor IE supporting Travis and IllinoisGO and the Illinois Network of Charter Schools supporting Mitchell.

95th House (D)
Incumbent Avery Bourne has been largely supported by the Illinois Republican Party via independent expenditures. Challenger Dennis Scobbie has largely been funded by the IEA, first through a direct max out contribution and later via various affiliated locally named committees. Despite all of these independent expenditures and single source funding this race technically still has contribution limits, although it's probably the best exhibit for how meaningless our current contribution limit regulations are.

26th Senate (D)
The biggest player in this race has been Liberty Principles, the IE run by former Republican Gubernatorial candidate Dan Proft. They have spent a half million dollars supporting pro-life activist Dan McConchie and in doing so lifted the contribution limits for this race. One of the more surprising developments came when McConchie received a donation from Chicago Bears owner Virginia McCaskey despite the fact that one of his opponents is the brother of Chicago Bears great Brian Urlacher. This lead to some speculation that the former Bears linebacker may step up with some large donations but so far that hasn't happened, most of Casey Urlacher's money has come from himself. The third candidate in the race Martin McLaughlin has had the smallest financial impact but has been endorsed by both the Chicago Tribune and Chicago Sun-Times.

66th House (R)
This is another race where Liberty Principles spending has been the dominant financial force. They have spent almost a half million dollars supporting Skillicorn and opposing Serwatka and Wilbrandt (note: the spending against Serwatka doesn't show up due to a spelling error on the filing). Carolyn Schofield has been able to break into six figures largely via a max out donation from the IEA, $40K from Pam Althoff and $5K from incumbent Mike Tryon. Paul Serwatka has also broken six figures but oddly enough it was all in 2015 fundraising, he hasn't filed a single A-1 so far this quarter.

2nd Senate (D)
Angelica Alfaro, a charter school executive, has been the beneficiary of significant independent expenditures by allied groups including IllinoisGO, Stand for Children and the Illinois Network of Charter Schools. Omar Aquino has been backed with significant organized labor money. This near northwest side Chicago district is too expensive for Chicago TV so this has mostly resulted in lots of mail from each of these candidates and allied IE's. Lots and lots of mail. Endless mail. I live here, please make it stop, please no more mail.

5th Senate (D)
Incumbent Patricia Van Pelt has been strongly supported by the Illinois Democratic Senate Victory Fund, the caucus committee of President Cullerton. She has also received significant outside help from IE's IllinoisGO and the Illinois Charter Schools Network. Former Chicago mayoral candidate Bob Fioretti has been hoping to capitalize on his local popularity as the former alderman of what was the 2nd ward prior to the last remap.

102nd House (D)
This race is considered a proxy war between two Republican Governors. Brad Halbrook is supported by Governor Rauner and Dan Proft's IE Liberty Principles has spent $300K supporting him. On the other side is Jim Acklin who has been endorsed by former Governor Jim Edgar. The TV ads in this race have been brutally negative.

The Rest
As we get farther down the list fewer of these races have enough interesting features to provide a narrative so here's just a listing of the rest of the general assembly races.

I've been tweeting a lot of interesting updates from recent disclosures and I thought I'd do a weekly roundup to try to summarize the week's interesting news and organize these developments into a format you can follow. Here is last week's roundup.

  • A-1 reports are for contributions received by the committee of $1,000 or more.
  • B-1 reports are for independent expenditures made independent of the candidate (cannot be coordinated).
  • Regular expenditures (not independent expenditures) are not reported until the quarterly filings are due, next on 3/31.

What follows is not every development in each of these races, only the big and/or notable ones. For comprehensive coverage of all the campaign finance data subscribe to either or both of our Racing Forms, updated daily. The Illinois Racing Form covers all the General Assembly races, the Cook County Racing Form covers all the county candidates, MWRD, judges and committeemen races.

The big news this week was that the independent expenditure committee, Illinois United for Change, spent enough money in the 22nd House supporting Jason Gonzales/opposing Mike Madigan that it exceeded the threshold needed to lift the contribution limits for this race. Until election day on March 15th both candidate committees will be able to raise unlimited funds. Full coverage of that potentially significant issue can be found here.

5th House (D) - Ken Dunkin (i) vs. Juliana Stratton
  • IllinoisGO continues to spend heavily in this race. Last weekend they filed a B-1 for $18K on mail opposing Juliana Stratton, on Monday they filed a B-1 for $145K for TV ads, on Tuesday the B-1 was for $18K for mail and on Wednesday the B-1 was for $113K for mail and TV ads, all opposing Stratton.
  • Last weekend Juliana Stratton added $39K including in-kinds for mail from both the 42 Ward Organization and Personal PAC. On Tuesday she added $200K including $79K from the IEA, $50K from the Operating Engineers and $25K from the Teamsters. On Wednesday she added $32K including $30K from the AFT. And on Thursday she added $31K including $25K from the pipe trades and some in-kind mail from Personal PAC.
  • On Friday night Ken Dunkin added another $300K from Dan Proft's Illinois Opportunity Project. Of the $809,500 that Dunkin has reported raising so far this quarter $800K of it has come from the IOP.
6th House (D) - Sonya Harper (i) vs. Darryl Smith vs. Kenyatta Nicole Vaughn vs. Genita Robinson
  • On Wednesday the Illinois Network of Charter Schools filed a B-1 for $8K for mail supporting Genita Robinson.
  • On Friday IllinoisGO filed a B-1 for $18K for mail supporting Genita Robinson.
22nd House (D) - Michael Madigan (i) vs. Jason Gonzales vs. Joe Barboza vs. Grasiela Rodriguez
  • Throughout the week Jason Gonzales filed seven A-1's totaling $94K, including $25K from Robert Hirsch and $7,250 from Blair Hull.
  • Illinois United for Change had a busy week, including spending enough money to meet the threshold to lift the contribution limits, as mentioned above. On Monday they added $100K, at least $50K of which came from Blair Hull, on Tuesday they added $175K including a $170K loan from Hull and on Friday they added $25K from Richard Dennis. They also spent some of that money, filing a B-1 on Tuesday for $45K for printing, a B-1 on Wednesday for $202K for TV, radio, production and printing and a B-1 on Friday for $15K for printing.
26th House (D) - Christian Mitchell (i) vs. Jay Travis
  • Because of the large spending by Chicagoans United for Economic Security PAC (mentioned in last week's roundup) the contribution limits have been lifted for this race.
  • Last Friday Chicagoans United for Economic Security PAC filed a new B-1 for $34K for mail opposing Christian Mitchell. On Friday they filed a new B-1 for $33K for mail opposing Christian Mitchell and they also added $100K from CTU.
  • The 42nd Ward Dems have been supporting Jay Travis with mail and last weekend she reported another in-kind for $15K. On Thursday she filed a new A-1 adding $40K including $30K from the American Federation of Teachers and $10K from United Working Families.
  • On Monday IllinoisGO filed a B-1 for $21K for internet ads and mail opposing Jay Travis. On Wednesday IllinoisGO filed another B-1 for $9K for mail opposing Travis. On Friday IllinoisGO filed a B-1 for $9K for mail opposing Jay Travis.
  • On Tuesday Christian Mitchell added $17K including $12,500 from Stand for Children.
  • Very early Wednesday morning (4:45am, really?) Christian Mitchell added $49K including $15K from the IEA. CTU has been heavily backing Jay Travis so this race features two of the main teacher organizations spending money against each other.
  • On Friday the Illinois Network of Charter Schools filed a B-1 for $11K for mail opposing Jay Travis.
  • Christian Mitchell added $96K including $20K from the Operators and $17,500 from Stand for Children.
66th House (R) - Paul Serwatka vs. Daniel Wilbrandt vs. Allen Skillicorn vs. Carolyn Schofield
  • Last Friday Carolyn Schofield added $53,900 from the IEA. On Wednesday she added $45K including $40K from Pam Althoff and $5K from incumbent Mike Tryon.
  • On Monday Liberty Principles PAC filed a B-1 for $40K for TV supporting Allen Skillicorn. On Thursday Liberty Principles filed a B-1 for $9K for postage and graphic design supporting Skillicorn. On Friday Liberty Principles filed a B-1 for $153K for TV supporting Skillicorn.
72nd House (D) - Jeff Jacobs vs. Michael Halpin vs. Katelyn Hotle vs. Glen Evans
  • Democratic Majority, the leadership committee of the House Dems, has been filing B-1's for spending opposing Katelyn Hotle and this week they continued to do so. Last weekend they filed a new B-1 for $4K for postage and then on Monday they filed B-1s for $4K for postage and for $4K for printing.
  • On Thursday Mike Halpin added $20K from AFSCME.
72nd House (R) - Brandi McGuire vs. Jordan Thoms
  • On Monday Liberty Principles PAC filed a B-1 for $6K for TV supporting Brandi McGuire. On Friday Liberty Principles filed a B-1 for $51K for TV supporting McGuire.
95th House (R) - Avery Bourne (i) vs. Dennis Scobbie vs. Christopher Hicks
99th House (R) - Sara Wojcicki Jimenez (i) vs. Kent Gray
  • On Monday the Illinois Republican Party filed a B-1 for $100K for TV ads supporting Sara Wojcicki Jimenez and on Wednesday they spent $22K on telephone polling.
102nd House (R) - Brad Halbrook vs. Randy Peterson vs. Jim Acklin
  • On Monday Jim Acklin added $60K in mostly labor money.
  • On Monday Liberty Principles PAC filed a B-1 for $2K for TV supporting Brad Halbrook. On Wednesday Liberty Principles filed a B-1 for $90K for TV and radio supporting Halbrook.
110th House (R) - Reggie Phillips (i) vs. Jonathan Kaye
  • On Monday Liberty Principles PAC filed a B-1 for $2K for TV supporting Reggie Phillips. On Wednesday Liberty Principles filed a B-1 for $17K for TV supporting Phillips. On Friday Liberty Principles filed a B-1 for $12K for TV supporting Phillips.
2nd Senate (D) - Angelica Alfaro vs. Omar Aquino
  • Last Friday IllinoisGO filed a B-1 spending $14K on internet ads opposing Omar Aquino. On Wednesday IllinoisGO filed a B-1 for $12K for mail opposing Omar Aquino. On Friday IllinoisGO filed a B-1 for $12K for mail opposing Aquino.
  • On Monday the Stand for Children IE filed a B-1 spending $25K on digital ads supporting Angelica Alfaro. On Tuesday the Stand for Children IE filed another B-1 for $45K supporting Alfaro, opposing Aquino.
  • On Tuesday the Illinois Network of Charter Schools filed a B-1 for $11K for mail supporting Angelica Alfaro.
  • On Wednesday Omar Aquino filed an A-1 for $20,500 including $15K from the IFT, $3K from the Cook County College Teachers Union and $2,500 from UFCW. On Friday he added $30K from the AFT.
  • On Friday Chicagoans United for Economic Security spent $18K on mail opposing Angelica Alfaro.
5th Senate (D) - Patricia Van Pelt (i) vs. Bob Fioretti
  • Last weekend Patricia Van Pelt added $59K including $48K from the Illinois Senate Democratic Victory Fund.
  • On Wednesday the Illinois Network of Charter Schools filed a B-1 for $8K for mail supporting Bob Fioretti.
  • On Friday IllinoisGO filed a B-1 for $17K for mail opposing Bob Fioretti.
26th Senate (R) - Dan McConchie vs. Casey Urlacher vs. Martin McLaughlin
  • On Monday Casey Urlacher added $22,500 including a $20K personal loan.
  • On Monday Liberty Principles PAC filed a B-1 for $65K for TV and mail supporting Dan McConchie. On Thursday Liberty Principles filed a B-1 for $12K for postage and graphic design supporting McConchie. On Friday Liberty Principles filed a B-1 for $51K for TV supporting McConchie.
50th Senate (R) - Sam McCann (i) vs. Bryce Benton
  • On Monday Liberty Principles PAC filed a B-1 for $5K for phones supporting Bryce Benton. On Friday they filed a B-1 for $570K for TV supporting Benton. On Friday Liberty Principles filed a B-1 for $20K for mail supporting Benton.
  • On Tuesday Sam McCann added $305K including $200K from the IEA and $100K from the Illinois Lunch Pail Republicans PAC who were funded by the Operating Engineers.
Cook County State's Attorney (D) - Anita Alvarez (i) vs. Kim Foxx vs. Donna More
  • Last weekend Kim Foxx added $127K including $20K from Senator Heather Steans, $15K from John Rogers and $14K from Eric Whitaker. On Monday she added $30K including $10K from Robinson Holdings Trust and $5K from the Democratic Party of Oak Park. On Tuesday she added $284K including $250K from Toni Preckinkle. And on Thursday she added $5,500.
  • Last Friday Anita Alvarez filed an A-1 for $15K that included $10K from JMR Trust and $1,500 from former Cook County State's Attorney Dick Devine. On Monday she filed an A-1 for $214K including a $200K personal loan. On Tuesday she added $5K, on Wednesday she added $17,500, on Thursday she added $35K including $30K from the IBEW and on Friday she added $19K including $3K from Laura Ricketts.
  • Last Friday Donna More filed an A-1 for some small in-kinds that included one for Van Rental for "More Mobile". On Wednesday she filed an A-1 for $206,500 including a $200K in-kind from herself to pay for a media buy.
  • Illinois Safety and Justice, the IE supporting Kim Foxx continued to make news. On Wednesday they filed an A-1 for $380K including $300K from the Civic Participation Action Fund and another $80K from George Soros. On the spending side they filed a B-1 on Wednesday for $36K for direct mail and also on Friday for $32K for direct mail.
Other Notable Contributions Received
  • The Decatur PAC for Education added $53,900 from the IEA.
  • Mel Thillens added $15,400 including $10K from himself (not a loan) and $5,400 from prominent conservative donor Richard Uihlein.
  • The Intl Union of Operating Engineers added $100K from their international in D.C.
  • On Monday Kate Cloonan added $55K including $50K from the IEA.
  • On Monday vocal Ken Dunkin supporter Maze Jackson added $10K to his PAC.
  • On Monday Liberty Principles PAC added $50K including $25K from Cubs owner Todd Ricketts who lists his address as 1060 West Addison which unlike Elwood Blues is not a falsified renewal.
  • Mike Smiddy added $94K including $54K from AFSCME, $15K from SEIU and $12K from the IBEW.
  • On Tuesday Reclaim Chicago PAC added $10K from a Massachusetts donor.
  • Lisa Madigan added $30K including $15K from the Laborers and $10K from the Operating Engineers.
  • On Wednesday the funds controlled by President John Cullerton each had a nice haul. The Illinois Senate Democratic Victory Fund added $155K, Citizens for John Cullerton for State Senate adds $31K including $25K from Grosvenor Capital Management.
  • A day after giving the Foxx campaign $250K Toni Preckwinkle added $27K including $10K from SEIU and $1K from Taxpayers for Quinn.
  • SEIU Illinois Council added $100K in member dues.
  • On Friday the House Republican Organization added $108K including $45K from the Illinois Republican Party.
  • On Monday the Illinois Chamber created an IE and on Friday they seeded it with $10K.
  • Gary Forby added $46K including $25K from the IFT and $10K from the Laborers.
Other Interesting Developments
  • On Monday Governor Bruce Rauner personally added $2 million to his IE Turnaround Illinois. The IE had $2.6 million on hand as of 12/31/15 and the funds cannot be given directly to candidates so there must be a plan in the works.

You can find the complete list of all the funds available, every A-1 filed, every B-1 filed and a complete listing of all the candidates and districts in our Racing Forms. The Illinois Racing Form covers every General Assembly race while the Cook County Racing Form covers all the countywide, judicial, MWRD and Chicago committeemen races, full details below.

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  • District profiles for every General Assembly race including district map, current candidate listing, candidate headshots and past electoral performance.
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With this latest independent expenditure disclosure Illinois United for Change has now spent more than $100,000 in the 22nd House race supporting Jason Gonzales/opposing Mike Madigan thereby exceeding the threshold needed to lift the campaign contribution limits for all candidates in this race for the remainder of the primary election cycle. This means that the Speaker's candidate committee, Friends of Michael J. Madigan, can now raise unlimited funds, an advantage not shared by the candidate committees of any of the other three legislative leaders.

The affected timeframe may be brief, the primary election cycle ends in two weeks, but the impact of this may be significant. Candidate committees can make unlimited transfers to party committees and during the general election party committees can make unlimited transfers to candidate committees. For the next two weeks the Speaker can raise unlimited funds into his candidate committee, he can then transfer as much of that as he'd like to the State Party (which he also controls) and come fall he can then use those State Party funds to either make expenditures on behalf of his candidates in targeted races or make unlimited transfers to those candidate committees.

The Governor took advantage of a similar opportunity at the end of 2014. In the 2014 Governor's race the contribution limits were lifted due to the large amount of self funding from Bruce Rauner, however the Governor's campaign committee was scheduled to be subject to contribution limits once again at the start of January 2015. After Bruce Rauner was elected Governor but before he took office he turned his attention to the General Assembly. One day prior to the contribution limits going back into effect his main campaign committee, Citizens for Rauner, added $20 million from three contributors: 1) Bruce Rauner, $10 million, 2) Ken Griffin, $8 million, 3) Richard Uhilein, $2 million. Here's what that money is intended to be used for according to Greg Hinz in Crain's, who was given the scoop:

The money won't be spent on his re-election campaign in 2018 but to help him pass legislation this spring through a General Assembly in which Democrats hold veto-proof majorities in both the House and Senate.

"There are a lot of legislators who he is going to be asking to make a lot of tough decisions," said one Rauner insider who asked not to be named. "The intent is to build a large and effective political operation in order to pursue his agenda."

Some of the money may be donated directly to legislators' campaign committees and other funds spent on their behalf. TV ads, polling and other activity on behalf of Rauner policies also is expected, the insider said. And the war chest only is "the first in a series," part of a "multipronged effort" in which other funding vehicles will be formed, the source said. "This is the tip of the iceberg."


Since that time the Democrats, particularly in the House, have been aggressively fundraising to try to catch up. In 2015 the four funds controlled by the Speaker raised $7.7 million, Cullerton's three funds raised $5.1 million while the Senate and House Republicans each raised about $1.6 million and the Illinois Republican Party raised about $500K. In addition to leadership fundraising the House Democrats have been very aggressively raising large sums into the various candidate committees of the candidates they expect to face targeted general election races, particularly in the 4th quarter of 2015. Aside from the legislative leaders only one other Republican campaign committee raised over $100K last quarter (Jil Tracy) whereas 19 other Democratic campaign committees raised more than $100K including 11 House committees over $247K and 3 over $500K. The Democrats were busy raising money into every door available, now though the Speaker can focus on his own interests and raise unlimited sums during this very brief window for the next two weeks until election day.

If the Republicans want to try to maximize the same advantage they have opportunities as well. The contribution limits are off in the 72nd and 114th House as well as the 26th and 50th Senate races where they have candidates. If they want to go the coordinated route and they had an agreeable candidate they could raise unlimited sums into a candidate committee and then transfer those funds into the State Party. If they aren't concerned about coordination they could simply raise unlimited sums into the Governor's independent expenditure committee, Turnaround Illinois, and then spend that money independent of the candidates involved. Turnaround Illinois finished 2015 with $2.6 million on hand and just the other night the Governor personally contributed another $2 million. Plus the Governor still has $20 million in his main campaign committee that he has pledged to use to support his allied candidates in the General Assembly.

The contribution limits that went into effect for Illinois elections in 2011 have done little to stem the tide of money flowing into our electoral system. Instead we have a much more convoluted process where the money is coming in through a much larger number of vehicles making it harder to track and some competitors find themselves raising money by an unequal set of rules. For a short time the Speaker will be able to raise unlimited funds, an advantage not shared by President Cullerton or Leaders Radogno and Durkin. The Republican leaders' disadvantage is somewhat offset by the Governor's deep pocketed supporters and his flush campaign funds. Meanwhile President Cullerton will have to try to keep up while only being able to raise money in limited amounts, unless he cuts a deal with the Speaker to work together to financially support all of the legislative Democratic candidates. Given the amount of money the Governor has pledged to support Republican General Assembly candidates can he afford not to?

If you are a wealthy Democratic donor your phone is about to ring, the Speaker will be calling. In fact he's likely to be on the phone non-stop for the next two weeks focused on big (very big) checks. The window for the Speaker is now wide open in a way that isn't for his peers and history suggests that he's likely to press his advantage, we'll keep track of the results and update you on the progress.


Note: there are two scenarios where the contribution limits can be lifted 1) when a candidate's self funding exceeds the threshold and 2) when an independent expenditure committee's independent expenditures exceed the threshold, and they appear to be treated differently. If the contribution limits are lifted during a primary because of self funding (#1) the contribution limits are lifted for both the primary and the general election, however the section of the law on lifting contribution limits in a primary due to independent expenditures (#2) is silent on the general election so it only appears to apply to that current election cycle. In this scenario for the 22nd House the contribution limits are being lifted because of scenario 2 so the lifting of the contribution limits appears to only apply to the primary. Had they been lifted for both the primary and general the advantage to the Speaker would have been even greater.

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