NEWS

Campaign finance reports released

Adriana Colindres

In the contest to replace state Rep. Aaron Schock, Republican Joan Krupa raised more money than Democratic opponent Jehan Gordon during the latest campaign finance reporting period.

Both candidates are receiving hefty boosts from their political parties.

During the reporting period from July 1 to Oct. 5, Krupa’s campaign fund took in almost $271,000 — including $138,000 from the campaign fund of House Republican Leader Tom Cross.

Since then, Cross has sent an additional $70,000 to Krupa. The House Republican Organization fund, which Cross also controls, gave Krupa about $20,000 in cash and more than $16,000 in “in-kind contributions” that paid mainly for staff and polling.

Other sizeable contributions to Krupa include $20,000 from Mark Petersen of Petersen Health Care and $10,000 each from Caterpillar Inc., Morton Auto Auction and Marilyn Hayden, who is listed as a housewife from Barrington.

In comparison, Gordon’s campaign fund collected about $125,000 during the reporting period, with $47,250 coming from the Democratic Party of Illinois, which House Speaker Michael Madigan heads. DPI also gave Gordon almost $49,000 worth of “in-kind contributions,” paying for staff, postage and printing.

Since Oct. 5, the state Democratic party has continued to funnel money to Gordon’s campaign. As of Tuesday afternoon, the amount was about $116,000.

Other sizeable contributions to Gordon include $30,000 from the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 649 political action committee, based in Peoria, and $40,000 from the Illinois Education Association’s political action committee.

“It’s the classic proxy battle between the two parties,” said David Morrison of the Illinois Campaign for Political Reform.

During the entire campaign cycle, Krupa and Gordon have raised just a little less than $900,000 so far, making it one of the state’s most expensive legislative contests, Morrison said.

Krupa campaign manager Steven Shearer said the House Republican Organization is “playing a supplemental role” in the campaign, not controlling it. Krupa has raised “an enormous amount of money in the Peoria area from people who believe in her,” while Gordon is mostly attracting money from the Democratic party or from special-interest groups, he said.

Gordon defended herself.

“I don’t spend a lot of time hosting lots of fundraisers so we can pay pollsters ridiculous amounts of money. My polls are at the doors,” she said.

“I know where my heart is, and my heart is with the 92nd District. People oftentimes try to bring up that kind of stuff just to sidestep the real issue,” she added. “I’m beholden to the people of the 92nd District, that’s who I’m beholden to.”

Campaign finance reports from another high-profile race show that incumbent State’s Attorney Kevin Lyons, a Democrat, has raised less than his Republican challenger, Darin LaHood.

Lyons took in almost $22,000 during the reporting period, with about $9,300 coming from individual contributions. On Oct. 14, after the reporting period ended, he contributed $30,000 to his own campaign, thus pulling nearly even to the amount that LaHood had raised as of Oct. 5

LaHood collected about $58,000 during the reporting period, with more than half coming from individual contributions ranging in size from $50 to $2,300. Contributions he has received since then include $3,000 from the Illinois Republican Party.

Candidates had until midnight Monday to electronically file the required financial information with the State Board of Elections. Campaign contributions of $500 or more that are made between Oct. 5 and Election Day also must be reported promptly to the Board of Elections.

Adriana Colindres can be reached at (217) 782-6292 oradriana.colindres@sj-r.com. Karen McDonald contributed to this story.