51st Senate District: About the GOP candidates

51st Senate District: About the GOP candidates

51st Senate District candidates


Chapin Rose

38, of Mahomet

married, four children

lawyer, state representative since 2003

B.S. and J.D., University of Illinois

Tom Pliura

54, of rural Ellsworth

married, four children

attorney, physician and farmland owner

M.D. and J.D., University of Illinois

About the district

The new 51st Senate District includes all or parts of Champaign, McLean, DeWitt, Macon, Moultrie, Douglas, Piatt, Vermilion, Shelby and Edgar counties. In Champaign County it includes all or parts of Allerton, Bondville, Broadlands, Champaign (only areas west of Interstate 57), Fisher, Foosland, Homer, Ivesdale, Mahomet, Ogden, Pesotum, Philo, Sadorus, Savoy, Sidney, St. Joseph and Tolono.

Campaign finances

As of Dec. 31, 2011, Pliura reported about $55,000 in total receipts. He also loaned his campaign $10,000. He had $53,722 on hand at that time. He has reported no campaign contributions since that time.

Pliura had no political action committee contributions. All of his campaign donations were from individuals, primarily medical doctors. His biggest contributors, who each gave $5,000, were retired physician Jerald Bratberg of Bloomington, Dr. B.S. Sodhi of Danville and Gibson Consulting LLC of Chicago, a management consulting firm.

As of Dec. 31, 2011, Rose reported $187,161 on hand. Between Oct. 1, 2011, and Dec. 31, 2011, he reported more than $31,000 in individual donations and nearly $9,000 in political action committee contributions.

PACs that gave at least $1,000 to Rose that quarter included the Community Banks of Illinois, Illinois Hospital Association, Illinois Merchants Association and Professional Independent Insurance Agents. Since Jan. 1, Rose has received at least $26,500 more, including $5,000 from the Illinois Farm Bureau, $3,000 from the Illinois Realtors, $2,500 from the Illinois Hospital Association and Illinois Firefighters, $1,500 from Altria, the Credit Union PAC of Illinois and the Illinois State Bar Association, and $1,000 from Marathon Petroleum, the Illinois Bank PAC, Caterpillar, former Gov. Jim Edgar, Stuart King of Champaign, Habeeb Habeeb of Champaign, Benefit Planning Consultants of Champaign, and John Albin of Newman.