Four County Board Seats with Competitive Fundraising
CHICAGO, Oct. 27 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Over two dozen Cook County offices are on the ballot this fall, but only a handful have two well-funded candidates battling for votes on Tuesday. Forest Claypool, independent candidate for Cook County Assessor, leads all Cook County candidates in fundraising with $1.5 million amassed for the General Election.
Races for Board President and Board of Review, along with a small number of county board seats, also show significant fundraising by competing candidates.
In the race for County Board President, the Democrats nominated Chicago Alderman Toni Preckwinkle, who has out-raised her opponents by almost 32:1. Preckwinkle reports $1 million in resources for the General. Republican Roger Keats trails with $30,800 and Green nominee Tom Tresser reports $3,600. Preckwinkle's top donors include affiliates of public employee union SEIU at $235,700, the Illinois Education Association at $100,000, and Teamsters affiliates at $50,000.
In the closely-covered race for Cook County Assessor, Democrat Joe Berrios reports $852,400 compared with Democrat-turned-Independent Forest Claypool's $1,520,300.
Other Cook County races are sleepier. Democratic candidates for Treasurer and Sheriff are running against unfunded opponents while County Clerk David Orr has $467,200 against Republican Angel Garcia's $6,600.
For the Board of Review, which considers property tax appeals, the only seat on the ballot is the 1st District, where first-term Democrat Brendan Houlihan is running against Republican Dan Patlak. Houlihan holds a fundraising lead which, while not as comfortable as Orr's or Preckwinkle's, is still better than 4:1. Houlihan reports $349,400 to Patlak's $87,200. Houlihan's biggest donors include the Illinois Education Association at $15,000, and the Prairie Political Committee, a federal PAC affiliated with Sen. Richard Durbin, and the Illinois Laborers, both at $5,000. Patlak shows support from Jack Roeser's Republican Renaissance at $20,000 and several north-shore residents.
For information on races for seats on the county board and the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District, please see the fuller release at http://www.ilcampaign.org/cook-county-ascessor-race-contributions-election.
Contact: David Morrison, 312-335-1767
SOURCE Illinois Campaign for Political Reform