In the State Representative contest to replace retiring Jack Franks, winner Steve Reick spent $573,065.
That’s not counting independent expenditures on his behalf.
He raised $564,843.
That’s from October through December.
Add in the quarter before and one finds the following:
- Receipts – $1,108.661
- Expenditures – 1,108.661
There was an extraordinary $475,561 of in-kind donations, mainly staff salaries, robo-calls, mailings, billboards, newspaper, radio and television ads. (Details here.)
Reick ended the year with $1,589 in his campaign bank account.
This is undoubtedly a record for McHenry County.
Reick’s Democratic Party opponent, John Bartman had the following income and outgo the half of the year:
- Receipts – $341,937
- Expenditures – $328,516
Bartman had $13,334 left over.
She spent something in the neighborhood of $100,000.When I first ran in 1972, the most spent in a legislative race was by independent North Side Democrat Dawn Clark Netsch.