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Watch now: Pritzker leads cash races against GOP opponents | Government and politics


Governor JB Pritzker kicks off the first TV spots of the Race for Governor 2022 with three spots on the Illinois response to the pandemic.

SPRINGFIELD – Governor JB Pritzker has two valuable advantages over his Republican opponents in the early stages of the race for Governor of Illinois in 2022: money and time.

The former shouldn’t come as a surprise. Pritzker is a billionaire who poured nearly $ 172 million of his own money into his 2018 campaign to defeat former Governor Bruce Rauner. And he made a $ 35 million down payment in March for his re-election campaign.

And Pritzker wasted no time getting his message across, spending nearly $ 7 million on media purchases between July 1 and September 30, according to quarterly campaign finance reports.

Governor JB Pritzker will deliver a speech at the Illinois State Fairgrounds in August.


Pritzker officially announced his application for a second term on July 23. A video released that day appeared to hint at a campaign theme of “strong leadership in troubled times” that alluded to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Advertising raised most of the $ 8.2 million for Pritzker’s campaign over the past three months. Pritzker has around $ 24.6 million in cash.

With no competitive primary to worry about, these early editions allow Pritzker to define himself to voters and shape what topics will rule the race.

According to campaign finance reports, the four declared Republican gubernatorial candidates are not in the same stadium as Pritzker.

Jesse Sullivan, a Petersburg-based venture capitalist who announced his candidacy in late August, raised $ 10.8 million in the most recent quarter. Of that, $ 9 million came from just two wealthy overseas donors.

Sullivan spent $ 791,088 last quarter and has approximately $ 10 million.

Darren Bailey, R-Xenia, the conservative arsonist who challenged Pritzker’s COVID-19 emergency orders and mask mandates, raised $ 894,244 and spent $ 382,504 in the most recent quarter. He’s got about a million dollars in the bank.

Businessman Gary Rabine earned $ 445,103 and spent $ 316,383. He has $ 416,044 in cash on hand. Former State Senator Paul Schimpf, R-Waterloo raised just $ 60,138 last quarter while spending $ 102,765. He has $ 73,652 on hand.

Of course it’s still early. The primaries are not until June next year.

There are several Republicans who could still get into the race, namely Rep. Rodney Davis, R-Taylorville; Representative Adam Kinzinger, R-Channahon; former State Senator Kirk Dillard; and State Senator Jason Barickman, R-Bloomington.

Kinzinger, and to a lesser extent Davis, are proven Congressional fundraisers with $ 3.35 million and $ 1.05 million, respectively. However, federal dollars cannot be transferred to a government account.

Dillard could attract dollars from the Chicago business community.

And perhaps the biggest unknown in GOP politics is the extent to which billionaire Ken Griffin will be involved in this year’s gubernatorial race.

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“We want to make sure these numbers keep going down,” he said.

Griffin, the richest man in the state, donated heavily to the campaign that defeated Pritzker’s tiered income tax change at the ballot box in 2020.

But at the moment Pritzker has the ether largely to himself.

Giannoulias has the money lead in the foreign minister’s race

Former state treasurer Alexi Giannoulias, maintaining his significant fundraising advantage in the Democratic primary to succeed Secretary of State Jesse White, raised $ 610,030 in the last quarter, more than his three main Democratic opponents combined. He has $ 3.45 million in cash.

Chicago City Clerk Anna Valencia raised $ 202,668 and has $ 707,919 on hand. Chicago Ald. Pat Dowell reported $ 151,974 and has a total of $ 460,436. Chicago Ald. David Moore raised just $ 13,100.

No Republicans have yet entered the race, but State Representatives Dan Brady, R-Bloomington, and Tom Demmer, R-Dixon have expressed an interest.

Legislative Democratic leaders outraged Republicans

Political committees controlled by Senate President Don Harmon, D-Oak Park, and House Speaker Chris Welch, D-Hillside, significantly outperformed their Republican counterparts.

Harmon reported that he raised about $ 1 million for his personal account and has nearly $ 7 million in cash. The Senate Democrats’ fundraising arm, ISDF, raised $ 825,059 and has $ 1.28 million in cash.

Welch raised about $ 1.9 million last quarter and has about $ 3.1 million in his personal account. Democrats for Illinois House, the caucus’ fundraising arm, raised $ 875,607 and have more than $ 2 million.

Senate minority leader Dan McConchie, R-Hawthorn Woods raised $ 591,847 and has just over $ 1 million in his personal account. The Republican Senate Campaign Committee raised only $ 668 and has $ 44,090.


House Minority Leader Jim Durkin speaks on Republican Day at the Illinois State Fair on August 20 in Springfield.


House Minority Leader Jim Durkin, R-Western Springs reported that he raised $ 486,905 last quarter and has $ 601,144 in his personal account. The House of Representatives Republican organization raised $ 70,912 and has $ 182,657 in the most recent quarter.

The Illinois Democratic Party raised nearly $ 65,000 last quarter but has $ 2.43 million in the bank. The Illinois Republican Party raised just over $ 75,000 and has $ 238,899.

Check out the new Illinois laws that went into effect July 1st

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The Democratic-controlled Illinois General Assembly has passed 665 bills this legislature, with the vast majority awaiting the signature of Governor JB Pritzker.

But Pritzker signed 42 bills. A handful of these will go into effect on January 1, 2022, but most went into effect immediately after being signed or will go into effect this Thursday.

Here are some notable new laws in effect now or Thursday that Illinois residents should know about.


Electoral reform

Electoral reform

With delays in the redistribution of the US census numbers caused by the pandemic, lawmakers have postponed the 2022 state primaries from March 15 to June 28. Legislation also makes Election Day a national holiday, requiring that every county have at least one universal voting center and allow people to be placed on a permanent mailing list. (SB825)

Photo by Jose M. Osorio, Chicago Tribune

Vote by email

Vote by email

Some changes in voting for the 2020 general election caused by a pandemic, such as: (House bill 1871)

Legal redistribution of land

Legal redistribution of land

Since they are mandated every 10 years, lawmakers approved new county boundaries for the Illinois House and Senate. The maps drawn by the Democrats, using the American Community Survey of the U.S. Census instead of waiting for the 10-year census numbers to arrive later this year, have been challenged in court by Republicans and a few other groups. (HB2777)

Photo by Brian Cassella, Chicago Tribune

Illinois Supreme Court reassignment

Illinois Supreme Court reassignment

The seven-member Illinois Supreme Court district lines were successfully redrawn for the first time since the 1960s. (SB642)

Photo by Capitol News Illinois

Police reform

Police reform

No more controversial law was passed that year than House Law 3653, also known as the SAFE-T Law, which was passed during the lame duck this January. The provisions on the termination of the cash deposit and the obligation of all police officers to wear body cameras will only come into force in 2023 and 2025. But from Thursday the police must provide assistance to the injured, intervene in the event of excessive use of force and limit the use of force. It also provides stricter guidelines for decertifying officers and would allow people to file anonymous complaints about police misconduct. (HB3653)

Payday loan

Payday loan

Lenders are now prohibited from charging more than 36% of the annual interest rate on consumer loans. The average rate in Illinois before the law was signed was nearly 300%. (SB1792)

Vaccination lottery

Vaccination lottery

The state budget for fiscal year 2022 includes $ 10 million for a “vaccine lottery”. All Illinois residents vaccinated by July 1 will automatically be entered into the competition. It includes $ 7 million in cash prizes for vaccinated adults ranging from $ 100,000 to $ 1 million and $ 3 million in scholarships for vaccinated teenagers. (SB2800)

Photo by Antonio Perez, Chicago Tribune

COVID-19 emergency shelter

COVID-19 emergency shelter

Creates guidelines for distributing more than $ 1 billion to federal stimulus funds for COVID-related housing assistance. Also creates an automatic sealing of evictions during the pandemic. (SB2877)

Pre-negotiation interest

Pre-negotiation interest

Victims of personal injury and wrongful death can claim interest from the defendants from the time the action is brought. There should be incentives to resolve these cases. It was supported by the trial attorneys and rejected by business groups. (SB72)

Casino work

Casino work

All Illinois casino applicants are now required to enter into a project employment contract when applying for a new or renewed license. (SB1360)

Compensation for crime victims

Compensation for crime victims

Specifies that a victim’s criminal history or criminal offense does not automatically prevent compensation for the victim or the victim’s family. Extends the applicant’s time to provide the requested information from 30 days to 45 days and provides that a final arbitration award will not exceed $ 45,000 (previously $ 27,000) for a crime committed on or after August 7, 2022 allowed. (HB3295)

Electronic signature

Electronic signature

Specifies that a contract, record, or signature cannot be denied validity or enforceability just because it is in electronic form or because an electronic record was used in its creation. Specifies that when a law requires it to be in writing, an electronic record is sufficient for the law. (SB2176)


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