SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – Illinois House Rep. Eddie Jackson(D-East St. Louis) reported another $25,000 in campaign contributions yesterday, bringing his total to more than $200,000.
The majority of Jackson’s contributions have come from other Democrats, including House Speaker Mike Madigan, and labor unions that traditionally give to the left side of the aisle. The list is available online through the State Board of Elections.
His main challenger, former East St. Louis mayor Carl Officer, reported a $10,000 donation from a Glen Carbon resident yesterday. The largest single contribution Officer’s campaign has received brings his total to about $19,500. The entire list is available here.
For a story in today’s paper, Madigan’s spokesman Steve Brown said the Speaker thinks Jackson is the best candidate for the seat – that’s why he has contributed thousands in services and cash, not out of any concern for the appointed incumbent’s safety.
Jackson was appointed to the seat after long-time Democratic Rep. Wyvetter Younge died in December 2008.
Will McGaughy, a former East St. Louis Township supervisor, is also on the Democratic ballot for the seat representing all of East St. Louis and parts of Belleville and Centreville. He had not reported any contributions with the state board by this morning. No Republican is running in the primary on Tuesday.