Illinois’ 71st District is made up of a lot of small towns.
But, the general election race to represent the district in Springfield is generating some big money for Democratic incumbent Mike Smiddy and Republican Tony McCombie, mayor of Savanna.
Both have raised a lot for their campaigns so far this year.
According to the Illinois State Board of Elections, the incumbent Democrat has raked in almost $500,000.
Smiddy’s big donations come from unions.
The Republican mayor from Savanna tops that approaching $700,000.
Most of that coming from the House Republican Organization and the Illinois Republican Party.
We’re talking about well over a million dollars dedicated to this race alone.
Governor Bruce Rauner and his political action committees have put up millions for races across the state.
Smiddy and McCombie responded to the fact that so much money is going to their race and voters concerns that they would be beholden to their big donors more than their constituents if elected.