Part II: Top campaign contributors in Illinois governor's race

Kevin HoffmanReboot Illinois

Oct 19, 2014

UPDATED: Oct. 27, 2014

With the final campaign finance filing deadline in the books before the Nov. 4 election, the amount of money both Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn and Republican Bruce Rauner have raised and spent is staggering.

Combined, both candidates reported $35 million in expenditures during the third quarter alone. Quinn and Rauner also raked in a considerable chunk of change. Between July 1 and October 1, Quinn raised roughly $8.3 million, whereas Rauner reported more than $20 million in donations.

While Quinn ended the third quarter with just over $1 million more cash on hand than this opponent, Rauner threw in an additional $3 million into his campaign with two, $1.5 million contributions on Oct. 3 and Oct. 10.

Now it’s time to take a look at where all this money is coming from. Since Rauner began his bid for governor in March 2013, we’ve tracked donations back to the first of that month. Contributions to Quinn, who never had an official Democratic challenger, date back to Jan. 1, 2014. Here are the top 10 campaign donors for each candidate:

Top donors for Pat Quinn in Illinois governor's race

*SEIU donations include SEIU COPE, SEIU Healthcare IL IN PAC and SEIU Illinois Council PAC Fund.

*Fred Eychaner is the president of Newsweb Corporation.

*DRIVE, an acronym for Democrat, Republican, Independent Voter Education, is the political action committee for Teamsters. Local chapters of Teamsters have contributed a combined $159,701 since Jan. 1, 2014, which is not included in the graphic.

*IBEW PAC Voluntary Fund is associated with the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers.

  • Also includes all local chapters of IBEW

Top donors in Illinois governor's race for Bruce Rauner

*Ken Griffin is the founder and CEO of Chicago-based investment firm Citadel.

  • Editor’s Note: Ken Griffin is the husband of Anne Dias Griffin, the founding investor of Reboot Illinois. Ken Griffin is not affiliated or involved with Reboot Illinois.

*Richard Uihlein is the CEO of packaging supply company Uline.

*Edgar Jannotta Jr. is the CEO of William Blair & Company, a global investment banking and wealth management firm.

*Elizabeth Christie is the former CEO of Avent Ltd., which supplies infant feeding products. Christie retired in 2006 and is now a board member of the Illinois Policy Institute.

*Glen Tullman is co-founder and CEO of 7wire Ventures, a Chicago-based venture capital firm that focuses on healthcare and education.

*Digital Greensigns is a Chicago-based company specializing in digital and eco-friendly billboard advertising.



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