$15K for a city council seat?

Evanston aldermanic candidates report having raised anything from just over $1,000 to more than $15,000 to run their election campaigns this year.

The extremes can be seen in the 5th and 6th wards.

Two business executives fighting to represent the 6th Ward have loaned sizable sums to their own campaigns. Christopher Hart has loaned his campaign $12,731, while raising $2,385 in contributions. Mark Sloane has loaned his campaign $4,957 while raising just $800 in contributions.

By contrast, Mark Tendam has reported $2,200 in contributions and no loans to his campaign to become 6th Ward alderman.

In the 5th Ward, incumbent Delores Holmes gave $1,000 to her own campaign and raised another $1,772 in contributions too small to itemize. Challenger Adrian Dortch raised $1,018, all from family members.

The second most expensive aldermanic race appears to be in the 1st Ward, where incumbent Cheryl Wollin has raised a total of $9,150 — including a last-minute contribution of $1,250 from Future Evanston, a business-oriented special interest group.

Wollin also received $500 from the Evanston Firefighters Association and over $5,000 in contributions of less than $150 each from various individuals.

Challenger Judy Fiske has raised just under $5,000 for her effort to replace Wollin, including itemized contributions from a number of frequent critics of downtown development projects.

In the 9th Ward Coleen Burrus reports having raised $7,080 — including a last-minute contribution of $1,250 from Future Evanston.

Burrus, a member of the Plan Commission, has also received contributions of $50 to $100 from Larry Widmayer, an associate member of the Plan Commission who frequently disagreed with Burrus on issues surrounding the downtown plan, and from Alderman Melissa Wynne, running unopposed for re-election in the 3rd Ward, and two retiring aldermen, Steve Bernstein, 4th Ward, and Anjana Hansen, 9th Ward.

The other two 9th Ward candidates, Mimi Peterson and Michael Drennan, have no campaign disclosure reports on file. That’s legal for candidates who raise or spend less than $3,000.

In the 7th Ward, Jane Grover is the top fundraiser, having accumulated $6,115 for her campaign, while John Zbesko has raised $1,780.

Seven people have made contributions topping the $150 itemized reporting threshhold to Grover and at least three of them appear to be relatives living out of state. Zbesko has reported only two contributions over the $150 level. The third 7th ward candidate, Kevin O’Connor, hasn’t filed financial disclosure reports.

The 4th Ward race has been a low-budget affair, with Howard Hartenstein reporting he’s raised and spent about $1,400 and Elliot Dudnik and Donald Wilson not filing financial disclosure reports.

In the race for township assessor, Bonnie Wilson, an activist with the Democratic Party of Evanston, has raised $5,420 in contributions and loaned the campaign $323 herself.

She’s received $1,000 contributions from U.S. Rep. Jan Schakowsky’s campaign committee and from the committee of State Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias, as well as smaller contributions from Cook County Commissioner Larry Suffredin, Alderman Steve Bernstein and the Evanston Firefighters Association.

The incumbent assessor, Sharon Eckersall, hasn’t filed campaign disclosure reports.

Full campaign finance reports are available online from the Illinois State Board of Elections.

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