Tom Kacich | In 13th race, Londrigan outraising other Dems

Tom Kacich | In 13th race, Londrigan outraising other Dems

If Betsy Londrigan loses the five-way Democratic primary on March 20 in the 13th Congressional District, it won't be because of a lack of resources.

With the $554,276 her campaign has raised (as of Feb. 28) and $166,641 in independent expenditures (as of Friday) that she's received from the Women Vote! political action committee of Emily's List, Londrigan has almost as much financial support as her four opponents combined.

None of the other candidates in the district that arcs from Champaign-Urbana on the northeast to Edwardsville on the southwest has received any independent (or uncoordinated) support. So their own fundraising is all they have to rely on.

Through Feb. 28, Erik Jones of Edwardsville reported $441,688 raised, while Jon Ebel of Urbana ($266,469) and David Gill of Bloomington ($79,417) trailed, according to reports filed with the Federal Election Commission.

The fifth Democratic candidate, Angel Sides of Springfield, hasn't filed a report with the FEC.

Between her own campaign money and hundreds of thousands of mail pieces sent out on her behalf by Women Vote!, Londrigan has collected $720,917. The other candidates had a combined $787,574, as of Feb. 28.

Londrigan has had a late fundraising surge, bringing in $211,328 in January and February, far more than Jones' $88,314, Ebel's $60,720 or Gill's $11,151 during the two months.

Still, Jones and Ebel entered the last three weeks of the campaign with close to the same amount of cash on hand as Londrigan. She had $172,975 on Feb. 28 versus $172,478 for Jones and $122,597 for Ebel.

Gill had only $4,328 although he still might have the highest name recognition because of four previous times his name has been on the ballot as a candidate for Congress.

Meanwhile, Rep. Rodney Davis, R-Taylorville, who represents the 13th District, reported $1.5 million contributed since Jan. 1, 2017, including $118,357 in January and February this year. He got $50,107 in itemized contributions from individuals and $68,250 from political action committees during the two months.

Davis had $1.07 million on hand on Feb. 28.

Early voting in Champaign County

More than 10 percent of the Champaign County residents who intend to vote in the March 20 primary election may already have done so.

Champaign County Clerk Gordy Hulten reports that 2,604 ballots already have been returned and tabulated in Champaign County as of Friday afternoon.

That's more than 10 percent of the average 22,820-voter turnout in the last three non-presidential primary elections (2006, 2010, 2014) in the county.

The percentage is notable because it comes before a big early vote push starts this week. That's when eight remote early voting sites open in Champaign, Rantoul, Mahomet, St. Joseph and Tolono. Until now, early voters either had to vote by mail or go to the Brookens Center in Urbana.

In early voting and voting by mail so far in Champaign County, there have been 1,468 Democratic ballots and 1,136 Republican ballots cast.

101st House race

There's a lot of money — at least $300,000 — flowing into the three-way race for the Republican nomination in the 101st House District that features Dan Caulkins of Decatur, Todd Henricks of Cerro Gordo and Randy Keith of Monticello.

Caulkins has received more than $150,000 in uncoordinated campaign support from Dan Proft's Liberty Principles Political Action Committee, plus about $40,000 he raised on his own.

Proft's conservative group also is trying to take out Gov. Bruce Rauner and House Minority Leader Jim Durkin.

Keith has raised more than $90,000, with the bulk of it coming in contributions from the Illinois Farm Bureau (about $15,000) and the Illinois Education Association (about $32,000).

Henricks has raised about $20,000. His biggest political action committee donation was $6,500 from the Independent Insurance Agents of Illinois.

In the 101st District, where President Trump got 63 percent in 2016, the Republican primary is essentially the general election. The winner of the GOP race will face Jennifer McMillan of Decatur in November.


Libertarian candidates

The Libertarian Party of Illinois last week nominated Kash Jackson of Antioch as its candidate for governor in November.

He was chosen over Matthew Scaro of Chicago and Jon Stewart of Deerfield.

The Libertarians, who had their nominating convention in Bloomington, also chose Sanj Mohip of Skokie for lieutenant governor nominee; Claire Ball of Addison for comptroller; Steve Dutner of Elgin for secretary of state; Mike Leheney of Boubonnais for treasurer and Bubba Harsy of DuQuoin for attorney general.

Tom Kacich is a News-Gazette reporter and columnist. His column appears on Sundays and Wednesdays. He can be reached at 351-5221 or at

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Rakers76 wrote on March 12, 2018 at 1:03 am

I believe campaign fundraising was Londrigan’s job, thus the success.  If you have a chance watch some online content from the candidate forums and you’ll see that Erik Jones is on another level from the others who are running.  I’m not sure if this publication gives out an endorsement but he received a significant one from the Springfield paper a few days back.  He’s the candidate we need going forward.