Campaign finance update: Fundraising is up, Griffin is down, and November 8th will be here before we know it

Dick Uihlein bests Ken Griffin with some help from fellow billionaire Gov. Pritzker. A new constitutional amendment on the ballot starts to draw big labor bucks. Underdog candidates win in the General Assembly, and the Chicago mayoral race heats up.

Fundraising reports for the second quarter of 2022 were due on July 15th, and we took a look at the money in key primary campaigns. With a tycoon-funded gubernatorial race and a partisan battle for control of the state supreme court, we expect the months leading up to November to continue Illinois’ streak of jaw-droppingly expensive elections.

We covered some additional races this quarter, and we’ve split this report into three sections: statewide, General Assembly, and Cook County and Chicago. See the links below to read each section of our report.

Statewide and Amendment 1

General Assembly and Party Committees

Cook County & Chicago

We’ll continue keeping an eye on the big money in Illinois races, but it’s always good to do your own research, too. Check out our easy-to-use database, Reform for Illinois’ Sunshine Campaign Finance Tracker, to see who’s funding –- and influencing –- your candidates and elected officials. 

Special thanks to RFI research assistants Caitlin Barry, Alex Diaz, Kate Davis, and Ben Bade for their assistance in preparing this quarterly report.


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