(Chicago, IL) — October 14, 2010. The fund-raising contest between Attorney Lisa Madigan (D-Chicago) and GOP rival Steve Kim (R-Northbrook) is, however, no contest. Madigan is cleaning Kim’s clock.
Since October 1, Madigan has reported raising $212,325. Kim has reported raising $0.
Illinois election law requires candidates to report contributions $500 or more 30 days before the election within two business days of receipt of the money.
As of June 30, Madigan reported $4,434,234.43 in the bank; Kim, $15,917.77.
Key Madigan contributors in the 30-day sprint include homemakers Amy Blum of Winnetka and Suzanne Murray of Chicago. Blum donated $10,000 to Madigan and Murrary, kicked in $50,000, the largest contribution since the 30-day reporting period began.
Other top Madigan contributors include:
- Illinois Laborer’s Legislative Committee: $25,000
- AFSCME Council 31: $20,000
- Democratic Attorneys General Association: $25,000
- Illinois State Medical Society: $15,000
AFSCME has been at odds with Madigan’s father, House Speaker Michael Madigan (D-Chicago), but is apparently on good paper with the General.
In addition to a huge fund-raising edge, Madigan is also walloping Kim in a key poll. In a survey on September 14 by the Illinois Manufacturers Association, Madigan led Kim 55% to 28.5%.
Madigan pledged since summer that she would take no chances and would run a full-bore fall campaign given the surly voter mood toward Democrats. She has kept that promise. She’s raising big money and she’s already up with a new TV ad.
Madigan looks like a winner on November 2. But she’s taking no chances.