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Political communications masquerading as news

RFI Executive Director Alisa Kaplan spoke with Greg Hinz of Crain’s Chicago Business about the new “Chicago City Wire” publication flooding mailboxes in Chicago. “Chicago City Wire” is one of eleven weekly newsletters published across Illinois by a group called…

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Illinois Democrats eclipse Republicans in fundraising

Illinois Democrats are outraising their Republican counterparts as the general election draws nearer. According to Reform for Illinois’ Sunshine Database, incumbent JB Pritzker started the year by giving his campaign $90 million, and added another $35 million to his campaign…

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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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