Candidates rush to Election Day

Election season is turning into a hyper-drive locally and statewide with Election Day on Tuesday, Nov. 8 just two weeks away.

The remaining 14 days are the last chance for candidates to sell themselves to voters or fire arrows at their opponents with new revelations and nicknames.

While the gubernatorial race was contentious even before the primary, local races such as Illinois’ Congressional District 13 and the state’s Senate District 48 have heated up in recent weeks.

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The race for the 13th congressional district seat will not include current U.S. Representative Rodney Davis, R-Taylorville, after the redistricting, but he still weighed in on the game between fellow Republican Regan Deering and his Democratic opponent Nikki Budzinski on Monday.

At a joint press conference at the Statehouse, Deering and Davis discussed a Better Government Association report showing that Budzinski received “over $500,000 in consulting and other fees in 10 months” after he left. a state position as a senior adviser to the Pritzker administration. .

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“Although there are no official laws broken yet, she still seems to be right outside the door of corruption,” Deering said. “His hypocrisy is alarming.”

Deering, a Decatur-based philanthropist and small business owner, also slammed her opponent for new allegations of hypocrisy when it comes to accepting campaign funds from dark money sources.

“I think voters have a clear choice in this race,” Davis added. “The last thing the new 13th Precinct needs is more corruption. We need less Nikki Budzinski and more Regan Deering.”

However, as Budzinski’s team pointed out last week, Deering also received money from prominent Republican PACs associated with U.S. Representative Elise Stefanik and Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy.

This, according to the campaign, contrasts with Deering’s position as a “political outsider.”

“Regan likes to call himself a political outsider but comes from a family that raised money for Richard Nixon and other Republicans, and funded his campaign with some of the biggest national donors in the country,” said Josh Roesch, Nikki’s campaign manager for Congress. , said in a statement.

At the press conference, Deering was asked if she would support a constitutional amendment to overturn the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission – a landmark case decided in 2010 that allowed businesses and nonprofits to spend unlimited amounts. because it was a question of freedom of expression.

She responded by saying those conversations should take place after Election Day. Deering received funding from the Citizens United Political Victory Fund, according to FEC campaign finance data, totaling $1,000.

Accumulate mileage

Gubernatorial candidates Democratic Gov. JB Pritzker and Republican challenger Darren Bailey continued to deliver their stump messages across the state.

Bailey’s team recently wrapped up their four-day, 16-stop “Get Out the Vote” bus journey on Sunday. Starting in Springfield, the tour headed south towards Metro East before curving northeast towards the pass counties.

On Monday, Pritzker and Lt. Governor Juliana Stratton joined the American Federation of Teachers with stops in Peoria and Urbana. It comes a day after the two traveled to Countryside in Cook County for an event with the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 150.

While Pritzker retains the lead in the race for money, Bailey secured a $2 million donation from GOP megadonor Richard Uihlein last week. It is the largest contribution Bailey has received to date, but comes after the governor donated $20 million of his personal fortune to the campaign last month.

Spending barrier crashed at 48th

The total money from the Illinois Senate District 48 race with Sen. Doris Turner, D-Springfield and State Rep. Sandy Hamilton, R-Springfield topped $5 million.

The amount reported Monday far exceeds the totals from 2018, where former senator Andy Manar went on to beat Republican challenger Seth McMillan by 13 points.

Turner received major contributions from the Illinois Senate Democratic Fund in his most recent July-September quarterly report. ISDF has continued its contributions to the former Springfield alderwoman so far in October, including a total exceeding $175,000 in two transfers on Wednesday.

Hamilton has yet to secure funding from its main backer, the Senate Republican Victory Fund, but has secured more than $30,000 in funding from the Illinois Republican Party. Friends of Steve McClure also transferred $10,000 into his campaign on Friday.

Contact Patrick Keck: 312-549-9340, [email protected], twitter.com/@pkeckreporter

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