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Following the money in Illinois’ Supreme Court races

While the race for governor is attracting the lion’s share of attention this election season, two of the most important elections in Illinois are for the state Supreme Court. With a rare pair of open seats and the Republican party…

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Q2 2022: Cook County & Chicago

Cook County Assessor Kaegi’s personal wealth vs. Steele’s real estate backers Fritz Kaegi took in $2.5 million this quarter, a sum that includes $2 million in self-loans and two $100K donations from Chairman of Newsweb Corporation Fred Eychaner and Chairman…

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Q2 2022: General Assembly & Party Committees

Legislative Leaders Democrats hoard funds; Griffin boosts Durkin After a lackluster start to 2022, legislative leaders reported stronger fundraising hauls in the second quarter.  Speaker Welch brought in $2.6 million, second only to Senate President Harmon’s $3.4 million. Speaker Welch’s…

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Q2 2022: Statewide and Amendment 1

The Governor’s Race: Billionaire Pileup  The battle between billionaires Ken Griffin and Dick Uihlein continued into the second quarter of 2022, with Uihlein’s choice Darren Bailey ultimately winning the Republican nomination with a healthy 57.7% of the vote. Billionaire-backed upstart…

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