SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – Illinois state Rep. Eddie Jacksonreported more than $39,000 in campaign contributions brought in during the weekend, bringing his total to about $240,000 in the Democratic primary for the 114th House district.
Jackson is running for the nomination against former East St. Louis mayor Carl Officer and former East St. Louis township supervisor Will McGaughy. No Republicans are running Tuesday’s primary.
The donations are largely from the state’s labor unions including more than $7,000 from the Health Care Council of Illinois. Campaign records indicate that expense was for a campaign poll.
Missing from this weekend’s donations is House Speaker Michael Madigan of Chicago.
Madigan has contributed thousands of dollars in services to the Jackson campaign in recent weeks. Madigan’s spokesman has said the contributions aren’t a commentary on the incumbent’s safety but an indication that the Speaker believes Jackson is the right candidate.
Jackson, a long-time East St. Louis councilmember, was appointed to the 114th district seat after the death of state Rep. Wyvetter Younge in December 2008.
Officer reported a $2,500 contribution from a North Carolina tobacco company on Friday, bringing his total for the year to about $22,000. The company, Reynolds American, produces Camel cigarettes and Kodiak smokeless tobacco.
McGaughy has not reported any campaign contributions.