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Liberty Principles PAC backs 21 legislative hopefuls with $3.8 million

By LocalLabs News Service | Oct 26, 2016

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Liberty Principles Political Action Committee (PAC), an independent expenditure PAC operating in Illinois since 2012, has spent $3.8 million in support of of 20 Illinois House and Senate candidates heading into the last week of the election cycle, according to data provided by the organization and compiled from the Illinois State Board of Elections (ISBE).

Liberty Principles founder, Dan Proft, is a principal in Local Government Information Services (LGIS), which publishes this newspaper.

According to ISBE, thirteen candidates had received more than $100,000 worth of support from Liberty Principles as of Oct. 26-- Brandi McGuire of Rock Island ($643,348), Heidi Holan of Glen Ellyn ($418,290), Mel Thillens of Park Ridge ($414,099), Michelle Smith of Plainfield ($395,366), Lindsay Parkhurst of Kankakee ($322,500), Dawn Abernathy of Mundelein ($284,670), Jillian Bernas of Schaumburg ($157,500), Jerry Long of Streator ($136,300), David Olsen of Downers Grove ($124,000), Dwight Kay of Glen Carbon ($112,500), Seth Lewis of Bartlett ($110,000), Dale Fowler of Harrisburg ($106,500) and Rod Drobinski of Wauconda ($105,000).

Liberty Principles has also made significant contributions to  Mike Babcock of Wood River ($96,500), Dave Severin of Benton ($71,250), Jason Kasiar of Vienna ($67,500), Mike Amrozowicz of Gurnee ($60,000), Tony McCombie of Savanna ($60,000), Steve Reick of Woodstock ($60,000) and Katherine Ruocco of Swansea ($50,000).

All twenty are Republicans. Nine are running for seats representing the Chicago suburbs, where Democrats have made significant inroads over the past decade.

Eleven of the candidates-- Holan, Parkhurst, Abernathy, Bernas, Babcock, Drobinski, McCombie, Kasiar, McCombie, Severin and Ruocco-- are challenging incumbent Democrats in the State House of Representatives, run by Chicago Democrat House Speaker Michael Madigan.

Five of them-- Thillens, Smith, Lewis, Fowler and Amrozowicz-- are challenging incumbent Democrats in the State Senate, run by Chicago Democrat Senate President John Cullerton.

Three-- McGuire, Reick and Long-- are running for open House seats, previously held by Democrats.

Kay is an incumbent Republican; Olsen was recently appointed to fill a seat held by Rep. Ron Sandack, who resigned over the summer.

According to ISBE, Madigan, Cullerton and the Democrats have spent $3.944 million on the same 20 legislative races.

Proft, who ran as a Republican for Governor in 2010, hosts a morning talk show on AM 560 in Chicago. He also is senior fellow at the Chicago-based free market think tank Illinois Policy Institute and co-founder of the non-profit Illinois Opportunity Project.

 Candidate Chamber Dist. Hometown RegionLiberty Principles Spending  Opponent 
 Ruocco House 113 SwanseaMetro East$50,000HoffmanIncumbent 
 Holan House 46Glen Ellyn

DuPage$418,290

Conroy

Incumbent 
 Bernas House 556SchaumburgNorth Cook

$157,500

Mussman

Incumbent 
 Abernathy House 59MundeleinLake

$284,670

Sente

Incumbent 
 Drobinski House 62WaucondaLake

$105,000

Yingling

Incumbent 
 Kasiar House 118ViennaSouthern Illinois

$67,500

Phelps

Incumbent 
 McGuire House 72Rock Island

Quad Cities

$643,348

Halpin

 
 McCombie House 71SavannaQuad Cities $60,000

Smiddy

Incumbent 
 Long House 76StreatorIllinois Valley

$136,300

Skoog

 
 Parkhurst House 79KankakeeKankakee

$322,500

Cloonen

Incumbent 
 Babcock House 111Wood River

Metro East

$96,500

Beiser

Incumbent 
 Severin House 117BentonSouthern Illinois 

$71,250

Bradley

Incumbent 
 Kay House 112Glen Carbon

Metro East

$112,500

Stuart

 
 Olsen House 81Downers  Grove

DuPage

$124,000

Hose

 
 Thillens Senate

 28Park Ridge

North Cook

$414,099

Murphy

Incumbent 
 Amrozowicz Senate  31Gurnee

Lake

$60,000

Bush

Incumbent 
 Smith Senate  49Plainfield

Will

$395,366

Tarrant

Incumbent 
 Fowler Senate  59Harrisburg

Southern Illinois

$106,500

Forby

Incumbent 
 Lewis Senate  23Bartlett

North Cook

$110,000

Cullerton

Incumbent 
 Reick House 63Woodstock

McHenry

$60,000

Bartman

 
     TOTAL

as of Oct. 26 
     $3,795,323   

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