The closing days of the Democratic primary campaign for the State House seat representing northwest Evanston have seen a flood of funds from political incumbents flow to candidate Jennifer Gong-Gershowitz.
Committees controlled by seven Democratic state representatives poured in $359,400 just last Tuesday and committees controlled by House Speaker Michael Madigan contributed more than $22,000 so far this month.
Reports filed with the state Board of Elections show that so far this month Gong-Gershowitz has received funds from eight state representative other than Madigan. Those generous eight are:
- Gregory Harris (D-Chicago) $55,000,
- Lou Lang (D-Skokie) $57,954,
- Robert Martwick (D-Norridge) $55,000,
- Marty Moylan (D-Des Plaines) $55,000,
- Michelle Mussman (D-Schaumburg) $35,000,
- Silvana Tabares (D-Chicago) $35,000,
- Emanuel "Chris" Welch (D-Westchester) $55,400,
- Kathleen Willis (D-Addison) $55,000.
Gong-Gershowitz this month has also received $2,500 from the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, $3,500 from the Realtor PAC, $6,500 from Democrats of Northfield Township and $3,606.66 from the pro-choice Personal PAC.
Fundraising this month by the other four Democrats in the race has been much more modest.
Mary Rita Luecke of Skokie, a former School District 65 board member, has reported raising $27,500 -- all but $1,000 of it from the political action committee of the Illinois Education Association, which has endorsed her.
Candance Chow, a current District 65 board member, reports raising $15,593.17 from nine donors. One of her larger contributions was $3,000 from a committee controlled by Evanston Democratic Committeeman Eamon Kelly.
Pete Dagher of Skokie reports receiving one contribution of $2,000 so far this month, and Alexandra Eidenberg of Wilmette has reported no contributions so far this month.