WASHINGTON — In the heavily Republican 15th Congressional District of Illinois, incumbent Republican John Shimkus has a large fundraising lead over his Democratic challenger, Eric Thorsland of rural Mahomet.
Both are unopposed in the March 18 primary election in Illinois' largest congressional district, stretching from Hoopeston on the northeast to the Ohio River on the south to Shimkus' hometown of Collinsville on the west.
Shimkus reported having a little over $1 million on hand on Dec. 31 to $2,982 for Thorsland.
Shimkus raised $175,703 in the fourth quarter of 2013, to $4,137 for Thorsland.
Most of the money Shimkus has raised, both in the fourth quarter and for the year, has come from political action committees. For the year, the $941,988 the veteran congressman raised came mostly from political action committees — $788,385.
All of Thorsland's contributions were from individuals.