Reporters at the Chicago Tribune have added up what is in play on both sides in the race to replace State Rep. Jack Franks.
The totals are
- Republican Steven Reick – $1,303,717
- Democrat John Bartman – $304,795
= = = = =
Does anyone but I find that astounding?
The winner will be there for 8 terms!
Yesterday they were in favor of term limits, next Wed, not so much!
The Republican is term limiting himself.
This is one of a few key battles for Chicago Cook County Democrat Michael Madigan to maintain Democrat supermajority in the Illinois State House of Representatives.
Expect more to be spent.
Republican Steve Reick v Democrat John Bartman for 63rd District State Representative.
The press has not reported the current job of John Bartman, as a prevailing wage monitor for IUOE subsidiary, IIIFFC.
John Bartman’s website has not mentioned the job either.
“The income tax created more criminals than any other single act of government.” –Barry Goldwater
I don’t think anyone is looking at your numbers, Cal.
Comments don’t make much sense if they are.
The $$ numbers are insane.
The amount of money being spend on this election cycle (on both sides), for legislative races in IL, is completely unprecedented.
And my guess is that we MAYBE see a 1 or 2 person swing in each caucus, at the most.
alabamashake, you are right about the numbers and I agree with that prediction.
I think that’s why Cal posted this; he was in state politics a long time ago, so these numbers probably boggle his mind compared to what he was used to.
It’s also amazing that Dems are being outspent so bad, 4 to 1, in a seat they are defending.
I can’t tell if Reick’s people really want him to win or Bartman’s people are just low-energy.
The discrepancy is what’s most astounding to me.
If the Illinois Republicans had put that much money into any of Reick’s prior campaigns, he’d be the incumbent now.
**If the Illinois Republicans had put that much money into any of Reick’s prior campaigns, he’d be the incumbent now.**
Perhaps Steve Reick will have more integrity that did Jack Franks when Franks did not retire after three terms as he promised when he first ran.
Walkup, a life long liberal Democrat, accuses Franks of bringing a mess back from Springfield and sowing discord.
Is the the same Mike Walkup that the Northwest Herald characterized as a “rat’ and lost to a write in for Nunda Supervisor to a write-in?
We are in a massive financial crisis in Illinois.
There is well over $100 Billion unfunded pension liability for just state pensions (TRS, SERS, SURS, GARS, and JRS).
Let’s say $2 Million is spent on this race.
$2 Million is 2 thousandths of one percent of $100 Billion.