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A look back at campaign spending in the Kendall County midterm election

February 12, 2019

After area candidates made their pitches for elected office in the midterm election, the results beg the question of how much 2018 campaign fundraising determines who wins.

 

Campaign committees are required, by law, to report donations, expenditures and contributions at the end of each quarter to the Illinois State Board of Elections, if the amounts exceed $5,000 over the course of a year.

 

In the race for Kendall County Board Member District 1, five candidates were vying for three open seats. Republican candidate Matthew Prochaska of Bristol secured a bid for office, spending $5,421.07.

 

Prochaska’s biggest donors included Friends of Sue Rezin, Friends of David Welter and Matthew Prochaska.

 

Democratic candidate Amy Cesich and Republican candidate Judy Gilmour of Yorkville also won their bids for office. Neither was required to file campaign finance information, based on the level of contributions, donations and expenditures.

 

Democratic candidate Dustin McCance of Montgomery and Republican candidate Todd Milliron of Yorkville were not required to file.

 

As for Kendall County Board Member District 2, three candidates were vying for two open seats.

 

Republican incumbent Scott Gryder of Oswego and Democratic candidate Robyn Vickers of Oswego both won their bids for elected office, spending $5,026.43 and $2,299.03, respectively.  

 

Gryder is backed with donations from HR Green, Fox Valley Friends of Labor PAC and Move Illinois Forward. Vickers’ biggest donors include the Kendall County Democratic Party, Beth Kremer and Friends of Stephanie Kifowit.

 

Republican candidate Dan Koukol of Oswego spent $13,250 with donations from D Construction, Dan Kuokol and Hampton, Lenzini and Renwick.

 

In the race for Kendall County clerk, Republican incumbent Debbie Gillette of Yorkville faced Democratic challenger Andrew Torres of Oswego.

 

Gillette spent $9,756.41 to retain her bid for office, while Torres spent $3,284.43.

 

Donors supporting Gillette were Debbie Gillette, the Illinois Republican Party and Laborer’s International Union of North America Local 149.

 

Torres’ biggest donors include the Illinois Democratic County Chair’s Association, Kendall County Democratic Central Committee and LiUNA Chicago Laborers District Council.

 

State races in the WSPY listening area:

 

Vying for election to the 50th Illinois House of Representatives District was Republican incumbent Keith Wheeler of Oswego and Democratic challenger James Leslie of Aurora.

 

Wheeler spent $73,406.71 to win his bid for office, while Leslie spent $21,871.70.

 

Wheeler received donations from the Illinois Republican Party, Richard Uihlein and Illinois State Medical Society PAC. Leslie’s top donors include the Naperville Professional Firefighters PAC, International Association of Firefighters and M6 Digital.

 

In the race for the 84th Illinois House of Representatives District, Democratic incumbent Stephanie Kifowit of Aurora faced Republican challenger Patty Smith of Aurora.

 

Kifowit spent $161,498.46 to secure her bid for office, while Smith spent $5,686.07.

 

Kifowit received donations from the Democratic Party of Illinois, Democratic Majority and Construction and Gen. Laborer’s District Council of Chicago & Vicinity Laborer’s PAC. Smith’s top donors include the Illinois Republican Party, House Republican Organization and Friends of Jim Oberweis.

 

Vying for election to the 38th Illinois Senate District was Republican incumbent Sue Rezin of Morris and Democratic challenger Heidi Henry of Marseilles.

 

Rezin spent $139,571.87 to retain her bid for office, while Henry spent $31,287.45.

 

Rezin’s biggest donors include RSSCC, the Illinois Republican Party and Chicago Land Operators Joint Labor Management PAC. Henry’s top donors are the Illinois Senate Democratic Victory Fund, Grundy County Democratic Central Committee and Construction and Gen. Laborer’s District Council of Chicago & Vicinity Laborer’s PAC.

 

In the race for the 70th Illinois House of Representatives District, Republican incumbent Jeff Keicher of DeKalb faced Democratic challenger Paul Stoddard of DeKalb.

 

Keicher spent $147,368.91 to secure his bid for office, while Stoddard spent $521,381.93.

 

Keicher’s top donors include the House Republican Organization, Illinois Republican Party and Citizens for Pritchard. Stoddard’s biggest donors include the Rock Island County Democratic Party, Priscilla Voss and Kane County Democrats.

 

For WSPY News, this is Megann Horstead.

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